Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: February 3, 2011
Sen. Jim Wilson
Sen. Wilson says legislation would create accountability for home-schooled children
’s constitution mandates compulsory education for children,
re currently are no laws to ensure home-schooled children are actually being exposed
to educational materials. State Sen.
Jim Wilson has introduced two bills this session to ensure a level of accountability
for children being taught at home.
“We don’t even know exactly how many children are being home-schooled, and
re is no way to verify that even minimum standards are being met,”
said. “My legislation would not impact
vast majority of parents who are providing a good education for
ir children—it simply establishes basic accountability to make sure some children
are not simply being kept out of school and offered little or no education at all.”
said under current law, if a parent or guardian simply says he or she is home-schooling,
court system cannot intervene. Senate
Bill 393 would allow a truant officer to investigate compliance with compulsory
education to ensure children are being taught at home.
A companion measure, Senate Bill 394 would require a report at
end of each semester to measure
student’s academic progress.
noted that during her campaign for State Superintendent, Janet Barresi voiced her
support for all forms of choice in education, as long as
re is strong accountability.
law guarantees families
right to home-school
ir children. That will not change,”
said. “But as we strive to require
even greater accountability in our schools to ensure children are getting
y need for college and
workforce, it just makes sense to have standards that make sure home-schooled students
y need to succeed as well.”
For more information contact:
Sen. Wilson: 405-521-5574