Skip to main content

Legislative Update: April 2018

On Tuesday, I was in Frankfort, Kentucky with CHEK Board Members, a local support group leader, and our local affiliated attorney, A.C. Donahue, to meet with the Legislative Research Commission.
The LRC has received a request from at least one legislator to review the homeschool laws of Kentucky and the surrounding states. While the LRC stated that they don’t have a particular agenda, it appears clear that this review of Kentucky homeschool law is related to House Bill 574 that Rep. Harris introduced earlier this year. As you remember, that bill would have dramatically changed the homeschool law in Kentucky.
In their review of state law, the LRC reached out to CHEK and asked them to present information about homeschooling. CHEK in turn invited us to be involved in the meeting along with Mr. Donahue and a local homeschool leader.
The meeting lasted nearly 3 hours and we all were able to provide plenty of information to give the LRC an accurate picture of the status of homeschooling in Kentucky. Given the concern that Kentucky law is too lenient (this is likely the opinion of those requesting that the LRC study homeschooling), I was able to provide information about the surrounding states. I pointed out that in the seven states around Kentucky each one has at least one option for parents to educate their children at home that is less restrictive than Kentucky.
We (HSLDA/CHEK) will continue to be involved in this study to protect homeschooling as we know it in Kentucky. It is my opinion that without CHEK’s presence in Kentucky it is very possible that this opportunity to provide accurate information to the LRC would not have been possible. In fact, we were told at the meeting that the LRC was primarily gathering information from Google and the Institute for Education Sciences (IES) a division of the U.S. Department of Education. While the IES does have some information on homeschooling, it is often out-of-date. Weeding through Google to find accurate information from sources that don’t have a hidden agenda can be difficult. If you don’t already support CHEK, please do so now! They are on the front lines of helping educate and protect homeschooling in Kentucky.
HSLDA Attorney, T.J. Schmidt


Popular posts from this blog

So you’ve decided to homeschool! Now what?

So You’ve Decided to Homeschool! Now what? D.Bradley Here is some direction for those of you who have decided to home educate, but you don’t know where to start. 1. Start with your kids This is going to be a boring and fruitless endeavor if you don’t have any kids to educate. If you do, take a look at them.   Not one of those motherly bruise-inventories or an investigation into what they’ve been eating by inspecting the corners of their mouths, but a good, quiet observation of them.   Think about what they’re like, what their gifts and talents are, what they enjoy, what they don’t.   Who are they?   (We know you’ve asked this question of yourself before, like after the deafening crash at the supermarket or after you found the harmonica-shaped hole in the living room wall, but we don’t mean it that way now.)   Who is this little person? Fact: every child is different, and no single approach is best for all kids. But that’s what’s great about homeschooling.   I

Letter of Notification of Your Private Homeschool

The time of year will be quickly approaching to notify your school district of your private school!  This is the first step in creating an official private school in your home.  We receive many questions about this step, and encourage you to read the following information, including eight of the most common questions with answers. Here is a sample copy of the  Letter of Notification .  You can see that  KRS 159.160  states, “The reports shall be made within the two weeks of the beginning of each school year.”  So, if your school begins on Monday, August 3, your letter needs to arrive at the office of the Superintendent by Friday, August 14, the end of the second school week.  You can find the address and name of the Superintendent in this  Kentucky School Directory .  This is a 2021 directory.   You can also look at your district's website. .   As in the past, CHEK recommends that you send your letter certified mail with a return receipt.  When your

Declaration of Participation Forms for Title II, III, and IDEA-B

Kentucky is a private school state, meaning there are no "homeschool" laws on the books! Yes, you read that right! Pioneer homeschool leaders were wise to think ahead 25 years ago when the case of private church schools and homeschooling arose. Hang in here with me for just a minute and you will understand the connection between this statement and the forms. Your homeschool is a private school that operates in your home, the exact same as the local parochial or private church schools. Have you heard the phrase, "There is strength in numbers", or "A three cord strand cannot be broken"? We fall under private school laws. Of course, the 4th amendment gives us right to privacy in our home (yea!). Many people do not understand this about our Kentucky laws, and this was the perfect opportunity to interject. Now about the forms, federal law requires that the state send every (yep, you guessed it) private school these forms; if they do not get a response t