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Utah Passes Legislation Protecting Home-schoolers’ Rights

By: Krystle Crossman

SB39 is a Utah bill that rests the decisions about what children are learning during home-schooling square on their parents’ shoulders. This is a big victory for home-school mothers as it gives them more opportunities to be creative with their lessons and to truly give their children a fun learning experience.

On March 11th SB39 passed the House. Now it must be signed by Utah Governor Gary Herbert. After it is signed there are a number of things that will happen. Funding will be approved for public schools. One of the most important benefits is that the curriculum that was developed for those at home will be thrown out. Some say that this is not a good thing for home-schooled children as they need a structure and curriculum while they are learning.

This is going to be a breath of fresh air once it is signed by the governor. Home-school students will no longer be tied down by required hours and required knowledge. They get to decide what their kids would like to learn, how they are going to be learning, and how long it is going to take for them to complete coursework. There is nothing wrong with letting a child play earlier in the day if they have finished all of their work but unfortunately with the law as it is now there is a certain number of hours that they are required to be in “school”.

Some of the lawmakers in Utah are not happy about the bill at all. They say that a child needs the structure of having a curriculum so that they can verify that they are spending as much time as they are required to. The bill is heading to the governor’s desk.

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