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Proposed homeschool reform not sitting well with parents

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GRAND BLANC, MI (WNEM) - Enjoying the sunny afternoon in Grand Blanc, kids were taking a break from their daily homeschool studies to get in some time to work on their social skills.

"They can socialize with all ages not just their peer groups in the classroom," explained Sarah Edwards, a parent.

Edwards joined Homes Organized for Meaningful Education, a group for homeschool parents, eight years ago.

Terri Wykes is a member, too.

"I care about what they learn and what they do," said Wykes. "So I just want to make sure they're in a safe environment, learning what's important."

"Michigan is one of the easiest states to homeschool in," said Edwards. "There's very little laws we have to follow, I actually can't think of any."

But some legislators want to change that.

A house bill drafted in April proposes:

  • Requiring parents to give the name and address of homeschooled children to the local public school district
  • Require homeschooled students to meet twice a year with an approved official such as a doctor or school counselor
  • Mandate parents to keep records of those meetings and make them available for inspection.

But if you ask the parents who do this everyday, they're not buying it.

"I don't think it's right for them to step in and tell us what's right or what we have to do with our kids," said Wykes.

"I don't want to see the state go overboard," said Edward. "That's the problem. It would be great maybe if they said yeah you have to register."

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