After debate, discussion and a day’s break to think on it, a bill altering assessment requirements for certain students stopped its legislative run.
The action came after the committee deferred additional action on the bill – after initially coming to a 7-7 stalemate on a “do pass” motion – and waited until the next committee hearing for all members to be in attendance.
ASBSD opposed the bill.
“This bill is inconsistent policy,” ASBSD Executive Director Wade Pogany testified. “(It) creates a system that says public school students must be accountable, but homeschool students do not.”
“I think it’s important for this body to be consistent.”
Proponents of the bill argued it followed a national trend of easing the testing burden on homeschool students.
“I think requiring testing of homeschool (students) is a good safeguard,” Rep. Greenfield said.