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ALASKA

Alaska State Legislature

http://www.legis.state.ak.us/

SB 134 passed unanimously both Houses of the Alaska Legislature in April, 1997 and became law on September 2, 1997. SB 134 adds an exemption to the Compulsory Education Law in statute allowing children to be homeschooled by a parent or guardian. No strings attached. The text of the bill (now law) follows:

BASIS Text for CSSB 134(HES)

SB 134 SO134B

1 "An Act relating to home schooling for elementary and secondary students."

2 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA:

3 *Section 1. AS 14.30.010(b) is amended by adding a new paragraph to read:

4 (12) is being educated in the child's home by a parent or legal guardian.

SB134 does not eliminate the possibility for families to participate in state or district sponsored correspondence programs or becoming private schools. It simply codifies current practice for many homeschoolers throughout the state - who were not within the law previously. Also, it allows homeschoolers who were previously involved with government programs or registered as private schools to simplify their structure - if they desire to do so.