Nov. 08, 2021
HARRISBURG – Recognizing that education is not a one-size fits all solution for every child, the House today advanced legislation by Rep. Jesse Topper’s (R-Bedford/Franklin/Fulton) to give parents and students the ability to design a more individualized educational model.
Topper’s House Bill 1041
would permit home education students to attend up to four academic classes during a school day and participate in co-curricular activities, such as marching band, as well as having access to programs offered at Career and Technical Education centers.
“As a home education graduate, this legislation is near and dear to my heart,” Topper said. “I was fortunate to be able to supplement my home education with courses and co-curricular activities within the public school district in which my family resided and I want to ensure that every parent and child has access to the same educational opportunities.”
Families of students who conduct home education programs pay taxes and are valued members of the communities in which they live. Permitting them to supplement their home education courses with classes offered by their local public school would allow families to maximize the educational potential for their children.
In addition, some schools forbid home education students from participating in co-curricular activities, such as marching band, which contain a combination of academic and extracurricular components. This legislation would permit homeschooling students to participate in co-curricular programs and vocational-technical schools as well.
House Bill 1041 now goes to the Senate for consideration.
Representative Jesse Topper
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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