I just sent in my letter to the White House, let us hope this does not come to pass. My girls are now over age 18, but I would like to see homeschooling an option for generations to come…big government is beginning to encroach of many areas of our lives, we should make ourselves heard, if we don’t we cannot complain when our freedoms disappear.
I will agree with those who said that the federal government should stay out of the state’s right to determine the laws about education. But about it affecting the PSEO program in MN I don’t see how it would adversely affect that. When students are in the PSEO program they are officially high school students who are taking college classes instead of high school classes. It is only available to high school juniors and seniors who generally are 17 or 18 anyway. Requiring all students to attend somewhere until they are 18 or have graduated from high school has no effect on this. Why would it?
Well, I have no idea about MN but ANY state that has the upper required age as 16 and has any state supervision of homeschool students will suddenly find themselves having to be subjected to state guidelines for two additional years. This affects more than one of us here, I’m willing to bet. It affects me! My son is 18 now, so for the last 2 years I have not had to pay an extra $50 and take extra time from my schedule for him to take an approved standardized test, and could instead put that time and money into having him take the SAT. If the President gets his way, next year when my second son is 16, I’ll have to pay for BOTH his SAT AND his “official” standardized test–which means less money and less time to do what is more important to me. If you don’t oppose this on behalf of YOUR state, I beg you to oppose it in behalf of mine!!!!!