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This webpage is designed to help you stay current on legislative issues concerning our liberty to home educate our children.

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Legislation Pertaining to Homeschooling

An Act relating to

modifying the duties and authority of certain state and local government entities, establishing an education savings grant program and fund, and making addition changes in the laws governing appropriations, penalties, and provisions.

This bill would eliminate and replace the Iowa Department of Education, and institute an ESA program which includes parents providing CPI, among its many proposed changes.

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SF 29

An Act relating to

parent-taught driver education.

This bill expands current law to allow any qualified parent to teach driver education to his or her child.

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HF 84

An Act relating to

the obtaining of a religious exemption from the required immunization of a person enrolling in any elementary or secondary school or a licensed child care center.

This bill adds to the immunization religious exemption form the signature of the leader of the local denomination under which the religious exemption is sought.

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SF 116

An Act relating to

the compulsory age of attendance and to sanctions for failure to attend school.

This bill would raise the compulsory school attendance age in Iowa to 18.

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SF 135

Acts relating to

private instruction by adding a reporting requirement and requiring school districts to conduct "health and safety visits for the protection of" children placed under competent private instruction or private instruction.

These bills expand reporting requirements to all homeschooling parents, and the report would be "in the form and manner prescribed by" the local school district.

These bills also mandate quarterly home visits by a designee of the public school superintendent to "interview or observe" children under any form of private instruction.

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SF 138

HF 268

An Act relating to

private instruction.
This bill eliminates changes made relating to private instruction, Independent Private Instruction, and parent-taught driver education, made in 2013 Iowa Acts.

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HF 368

An Act relating to

independent private instruction and to funding for the home school assistance program.

This bill establishes reporting and assessment requirements for Independent Private Instruction and increases the weighting from 0.3 to 0.4 of one pupil for resident pupils enrolled in a public school home school assistance program.

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HF 391

An Act relating to

expanding parent-taught driver education to all qualifying parents (not just those providing Competent Private Instruction) and instituting a fee for an annual license to provide parent-taught driver education.

This bill expands current law to allow any qualified parent to teach driver education to that parent's child if the qualified parent meets certain requirements, including, but not limited to applying for a license to teach their children and payment of a $50 fee for a one-year renewable license to teach. 

Read full bill here:

HSB 570

An Act relating to

education by modifying the duties and authority of certain state and local governmental entities and including effective date provisions. 

This bill repeals Chapter 256 of the Iowa Code, which currently establishes the Department of Education and many other state educational programs and standards. 
The bill transitions the duties and authority of the current department of education, the director of the department of education, and the state board of education to other specified local and state government entities beginning July 1, 2019. 

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SF 2017

An Act relating to

the placement of former foster children under private instruction if the adoptive parents are receiving an adoption subsidy. 

This bill provides that a child placed in foster care and subsequently adopted  is required to be enrolled or remain enrolled in, and attend, an accredited school in the school district in which the child is living or an accredited nonpublic school if the adoptive parent receives an adoption subsidy. 

The bill prohibits such a child  from receiving either competent private instruction or independent private instruction. 

Read full bill here:

SF 2034

An Act relating to 

independent private instruction reporting and notice of intent requirements. 

This bill would change independent private instruction reporting from voluntary to mandatory.

Read full bill here:

SF 2065

An Act relating to

independent private instruction by adding reporting requirements and requiring school districts to conduct health and safety visits for children under competent private instruction, independent private instruction, and private instruction.

This bill requires the parent, guardian, or legal custodian who places a child in independent private instruction or private instruction to submit the same report to the school district of residence that is required for a child placed in competent private instruction, and requires school districts to conduct quarterly home visits to check on the health and safety 
of children placed under competent private instruction, independent private instruction, or private instruction. 

Read full bill here:

HF 2293

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