2024 Bills

HB 391: Honoring Homeschool High School Learning

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Libertas Institute supports this bill

Staff review of this legislation finds that it aligns with our principles and should therefore be passed into law.

Imagine you just completed your sophomore year at a local microschool, but you decide to transfer back to your local high school for graduation. Some school districts will make the transition back easier. They let you take tests for the subjects that you took at the microschool. Anything not eligible for graduation counts as elective credit. 

But some school districts do not work with these students. They require students to make up any credits that didn’t come from the public school system. Even though a student may already understand high school geometry, they are still required by the local high school to take it from them.

That is where House Bill 391 from Representative Cutler comes in. This bill requires local school districts to create a policy to accept homeschool learning as high school credit for incoming students who didn’t complete all of their schooling at a traditional high school. 

Individual districts can determine how they will verify learning. This can be done through testing, an interview with the student by a teacher or counselor, or any other method they would prefer.

If a student decides to reenter a public high school after homeschooling or attending a microschool, local public schools should make the transition as easy as possible. HB 391 does just that.