Legislation Expands Options for Pennsylvania Home School Students | State

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(The Center Square) – Pennsylvania House has advanced legislation introduced by Representative Jesse Topper, R-Bedford, to expand educational offerings for homeschool students.

Bill 1041 amends the 1949 Public Schools Code to allow home schooling students to enjoy their local high school by attending up to four academic classes per school day and participating in extracurricular activities. They would also have access to programs offered in vocational and technical education centers.

Pennsylvania home school students are currently permitted to participate in extracurricular activities at their district high school.

“As a home schooling graduate, this legislation is close to my heart,” Topper said. “I was fortunate to be able to supplement my home schooling with extra-curricular classes and activities within the public school district where my family resided, and I want to make sure that every parent and every child has access to the same education. . “

As taxpayers and community members, homeschooling families should be able to supplement their education with classes at their local high school, House Republicans said in a press release.

Under an existing law, schools would be eligible for funding for the part of the day that home students attend their classes.

The bill passed House 136-64 on November 8 and must pass the Senate before it can be sent to the governor.

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