If some California legislators had gotten their way, a bill could have passed that threatened the very existence of home schooling in the state.
AB 2926, described as an act to add and repeal Section 33194 of the Education Code relating to private schools, had been scheduled to be heard on April 25, but was pulled from the Education Committee’s agenda.
The bill stated:
This bill would require the Superintendent to establish a broadly representative and diverse advisory committee to advise the Superintendent and the State Board of Education on all appropriate matters relative to home schools, which the bill would define. The bill would require the advisory committee, on or before July 1, 2020, to make recommendations to the Superintendent and state board on the appropriateness and feasibility of imposing additional requirements, as provided, on home schools. The bill would require the Superintendent and state board, on or before January 1, 2021, in consultation with the advisory committee, to make recommendations to the Legislature and the Governor relating to imposing additional requirements on home schools.
And just what were those “additional requirements”?
On or before July 1, 2020, the advisory committee established pursuant to subdivision (b) shall make recommendations to the Superintendent and the state board on the appropriateness and feasibility of imposing on a home school additional requirements, which shall include, but are not limited to, both of the following: minimum qualifications for home school instructors and additional content or curriculum standards.
You can just bet what that “additional content” might be. And who knows what the “minimum qualifications for home school instructors” might be?