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Live and let learn

Is the parent or the state in a better position to judge the quality of a child’s education?

On Feb. 14, parents and children outnumbered legislators in the state Capitol building in Helena. That�s the day more than 1,000 homeschoolers from across Montana showed up to rally against Senate Bill 291, the Quality Home School and Child Protection Act. According to Andy Boehm, research specialist in the state Office of Public Instruction, 3,971 students are homeschooled in Montana, up from 2,910 in 1995. Had SB 291 passed, these students would have been required to take standardized tests in fourth, eighth and 11th grades. Additionally, in homeschools where no parent has either a Montana teaching license or a college degree, the state would have required oversight of the first two years of homeschooling by a qualified monitor chosen by the parent or the school district. Read more…

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