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Excessive Paperwork Frustrated Home-School Parents

August 6, 2002

States have their own regulations governing home-schooling of children. However, critics charge that the regulatory paperwork in some states -- Pennsylvania is an example -- is excessive.

  • Pennsylvania's law requires that parents provide at least four pieces of documentation -- including a notarized affidavit, a daily log of students' activities and progress and year-end evaluations.
  • One mother of four children estimates she has spent 1,300 hours -- nearly equivalent to an academic year -- filling out the paperwork during the past 14 years.
  • A bill has been introduced in the Pennsylvania senate to erase many of the law's mandates, including standardized testing, keeping assignment logs and year-end evaluations of student work portfolios.

About 850,000 of the country's more than 50 million school-age children are taught at home, according to the U.S. Department of Education.

Source: Ellen Sorokin, "State Eyes Reducing Home-School Filings," Washington Times, August 6, 2002.


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