New Bill Seeks to Severely Restrict Homeschooling in South Carolina

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By Brandon Turbeville

According to an email alert sent out by the Home School Legal Defense Association, a new bill is being introduced in the South Carolina State House of Representatives that would threaten the ability of South Carolinians to effectively and legally homeschool their children as well as further reducing choice in terms of which homeschooling option is selected.

HSLDA states that House Bill 3478 (HB 3478) would

impose state testing on all homeschool students in both the South Carolina Association of Independent Home Schools (SCAIHS) and all homeschool associations. Additionally, results of the annual review of these organizations by the South Carolina Department of Education would have to be reported to the legislature. Further, these organizations would be required to provide the name of each student being homeschooled to their respective school districts, instead of providing just the number of students being homeschooled as is now required.

HLSDA continues by writing,

But this is not the worst part of this terrible bill. It would ELIMINATE membership in a homeschool association under Section 59-65-47 of the South Carolina Code as an option for homeschooling on July 1, 2014. No longer would South Carolina homeschoolers be able to exercise what is known as the “third option” for complying with the compulsory attendance law.

Unfortunately, while the HLSDA’s email alert may seem a bit too much to believe, a simple reading of the bill proves that all the claims made by the home schooling organization are, in fact, very true.

In regards to the first claim that the bill would impose state testing on all homeschooling organizations, Section 1 (6) erases all doubt as to the veracity of the claims made by the HLSDA.

The section reads,

students must participate in the annual statewide testing program and the Basic Skills Assessment Program approved by the State Board of Education for their appropriate grade level. The tests must be administered by a certified school district employee either with public school students or by special arrangement at the student’s place of instruction, at the parent’s option. The parent is responsible for paying the test administrator if the test is administered at the student’s home

Adding insult to injury, the bill also states that if the parents should opt to have the test administered at home, the parents are responsible for the cost of administration.

Obviously, by imposing state testing requirements upon homeschooled students, the ability to ensure that state-sponsored propaganda is still implanted into the minds of children is solidified. State tests, by definition, will contain state-based curriculum by which students will be measured, a policy that will necessitate the teaching of such curriculum by parents, whatever their preference, to at least some degree.

Likewise, in regards to the claim that homeschooled students’ names will be reported to their respective school districts, Section 2 (C) states clearly,

By January thirtieth of each year, the South Carolina Association of Independent Home Schools shall report the number name and grade level of children home schooled through the association to the children’s respective school districts to ensure compliance with the provisions of Section 59-65-10.

The most frightening claim made by the HLSDA, however, is that membership in a homeschool association would be eliminated with the passage of HB 3478. Yet, while the legislation does not state outright that homeschool associations themselves will be banned, the bill does state that associations with less than 50 members will no longer be considered acceptable as meeting the requirements of existing law.

The bill states in Section 3 (A),

In lieu of the requirements of Section 59-65-40 or Section59-65-45, parents or guardians may teach their children at home if the instruction is conducted under the auspices of an association for home schools which has no fewer than fifty members and meets the requirements of this section.

Because the only acceptable homeschooling associations are those with 50 or more students (effectively a private school), this clause concretely eliminates the traditional notion of homeschooling which takes place within the family home.

All in all, HB 3478 is not merely another step in the corralling of Americans into the prison-style indoctrination camps known as American public schools, it is the evisceration of homeschool rights in South Carolina. This, of course, is merely one more step in the total removal of parental rights altogether nationally and worldwide.

If you are in South Carolina, please contact your Representative immediately and express your objection to HB 3478. Even if you are not a resident of South Carolina, please call the individuals listed below and explain to them the moral and legal objections to the passage of this bill.

Please take special notice that Norman D. “Doug” Brannon (R-38) is the main culprit for this insult to parental rights as he is the Representative who proposed it to begin with. Interestingly enough, Brannon is also associated with the most notorious and unconstitutional common courts in the nation, Family Court, so his lack of understanding or concern for the welfare of children, families, and parental rights should come as no surprise.

With this in mind, his office deserves special attention and he can be contacted at: (803) 212-6876. He can be emailed at this address.  Remember, a person to person interaction is always more effective than email.

The members of the House Education and Public Works Committee and their contact information is as follows:
Phillip D. “Phil” Owens, Chairman (R-5)
(803) 734-3053
Bill Taylor, 1st Vice Chairman (R-86)
(803) 212-6923
Robert L. Brown, 2nd Vice Chairman (D-116)
(803) 734-3170
Lester P. Branham, Jr. (D-61)
(803) 734-3002
Norman D. “Doug” Brannon (R-38)
(803) 212-6876
Joseph S. Daning (R-92)
(803) 734-2951
Raye Felder (R-26)
(803) 212-6892
Jerry N. Govan, Jr. (D-95)
(803) 734-3012
John Richard C. King (D-49)
(803) 212-6873
Harold Mitchell, Jr. (D-31)
(803) 734-6638
Ralph W. Norman (R-48)
(803) 212-6888
Andrew S. “Andy” Patrick (R-123)
(803) 212-6928
Joshua A. Putnam (R-10)
(803) 212-6931
Samuel Rivers, Jr. (R-15)
(803) 212-6890
Tommy M. Stringer (R-18)
(803) 212-6881
Don L. Wells (R-81)
(803) 212-6884
Mark N. Willis (R-16)
(803) 212-6882
Donna H. Wood (R-37)
(803) 212-6878

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  • Truthhound

    No Child will escape unless the whole family packs up and leaves SC. People should vote with their feet and get out while the gettings good.

  • ncjoe

    There needs to be somehting done. I encounter many home schooled brats who cannot get along with others because they have never been around others. They are the most selfish, idiots with a egregious sense of entitlement.

    • Phil

      …and I suppose you vitriolic response is a good indication that you have been very well indoctrinated in the public school system? Your style of writing indicates as much; your grammar and punctuation needs some improvement before you engage in public discourse.

    • SKIP

      RIGHT! Wanna see properly socialized stOOdents who have associations with others go see the Detroit public school “graduates” or BLACKlanta public school stOOdentz.

    • John Gould

      Not true. We home schooled for years and stayed mostly on the road. My children had noroblems with not having plenty of others to play with. The parents is the problem and not the home schooling. The government schools should be done away with and parents need to read their text books.

  • spencer

    i said it before and ill say it again…how much more is it gonna take people?are you kidding me!?

  • Bob Marshall

    Who ever votes for this bill should not be re-elected. If it passes,remember who voted for it.It is because of what is being taught in our public schools that our students have been brain washed and dumbed down. I live in South Carolina and i will remember.

    • SKIP

      Me too

  • Lowtolerance

    Both of my kids have been home schooled here in TX for six years. As for the supposed evil curriculum, well, sorry to say we taught critical thinking looooong ago. They know what is what. When it comes time for testing, frankly ours is held in the banquet room at a horse racing track. How ya like them apples? When they’re done we go for a burger and hit the range down the road. Home by about about the time most kids get out of scool.

    By the way, they ace the tests, always. Are they “programmed?” Huh, ask one. careful, though, it might take a while for that Nike-shaped bruise on the side of your face to heal. And that’s the daughter.

    If you’re worried about state test, you’re on some weak foundations and that’s the least of your problems. Pick your battles people; in our world this is the small stuff. It isn’t that hard to outsmart committee-types.

    • John Gould

      I home scooled in Texas back when it was illegal. Kept on the move.

      • John Gould

        Having problems with this key board. Some keys are not working well. So my spl. has problems. I also used tutors for my children in Tex and oregon.

    • Skeeter

      So your daughter’s first response to a question is physical violence? Hmmm.

      If one reads the bill and the SC laws related to homeschooling they’ll see this new bill effectively ends real homeschooling in SC and requires homeschooling parents teach the state curriculum. Sadly, this bill does not allow for track-side testing.

      • Lowtolerance

        Um, no. And surely you would be smarter than to insult someone with such a question expecting no consequence.

        Last I heard, a bill is not a law yet.

  • Teabunny

    2 dems and 2 republicans sponsor this bill

  • John Gould

    When I home schooled back in the 70’s and early 80’s, this was illegal so we had to stay on the move through several states and working in my trade as a painter/drywall worker. We met soooo many on the road and on beaches home schooling. Long story.

  • Treleus

    I disagree with the rhetoric classifying public schools as “prison-style indoctrination camps” with “evil public-school curriculums”, like they’re all the same. That pisses me off. You’re classifying broad swaths of different people with the same labels of “brainwashed” and “sheeple” because they happened to go to public schools, and that’s my problem with this entire website. This childish “us versus them” attitude. I think a lot of you need to grow up.

    That being said, this legislation is definitely draconian and shouldn’t be enforced. And this is why I’m bothering to post here: I like The Daily Sheeple. I like what it’s doing, because I think it’s the right thing to do, and most of the time I agree; but I hate the way its doing them: using divisive, discriminatory, and demonizing rhetoric. I don’t care if other people are doing it. We are one nation. Let’s act like one. It’s too important to recognize the merits of different groups, peoples, and ways of doing things, including this issue of public vs homeschooling.

    Public schools offer the vital benefit of daily social interaction with people from all walks of life. The public school system is also a vital framework by which everyone can easily acquire an affordable education. It isn’t perfect, but that’s why it needs fixing. That’s why it needs our support, not our neglect.

    None of that makes homeschooling bad. Like many parents here already mentioned, it depends on the parent. If they want to take the education of their children into their own hands, then more power to them. I understand, and I would probably want the same for my kid, because the reality is you don’t know what your kid is being exposed to in school. Sometimes it works out for the kids’ best interest; in my case, it didn’t. And I went to a PRIVATE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL. One that had weekly chapels, semester “spiritual emphasis weeks”, and on top of a dedicated Bible class, teachers who had to hammer it into our heads that we could die at any moment, and that’s why it was so important to accept Jesus as our savior: to avoid hell. And to be a true Christian.

    You do NOT fill your children with such dangerously manipulative thoughts. They are not mature enough to judge for themselves whether they are measuring up or not. Even if you, as parents, give them all the support in the world, it won’t matter because your child will probably not listen. They’ll already be captive to the daily messages of the school they attend, being molded into the ideal Christian fighter by otherwise well-meaning people who enjoy emphasizing that God is speaking through them. THAT is brainwashing, and THAT damaged me, because I didn’t know better. Neither did my parents.

    The point of my storytelling is that no one method or way of life is perfect, and you are no more perfect than someone else for choosing one. We are all in this together, and even though there are people out there who will take advantage of you, we must remember that there are good people out there too. Even outside our church groups and political parties and whatnot.

  • Julie

    I’m sorry to say but this is coming on a NATIONAL BASIS ! have you heard of Common Core Curriculum ???? I was listening to a Phyllis Schlafferly program on Eagle Radio . It just so happens this was being reported several weeks ago ! Remember last year when Ovomit gave waivers to states for the No Child Left Behind program ??? Every state that took this waiver was unwittingly duped into COMMON CORE CURRICULUM !!! Ovomit and his band of radicals want every child in the school to be programmed as global citizens . No longer will they be tought subjects that make them more intelligent (as if that’s been happening anyway in public schools ) , they will all be tought to hate fossil fuels, they will all be tought socialism and globalism , along with homosexual training too, I’m sure Only six states are free from CCC , Texas, Alaska and a few others. Wake others to CCC !

  • Treleus

    What the hell does “homosexual training” meaning? You mean teaching them about it? Also about sex? Fine. I understand that education’s lacking in our society, owing to bullying and ostracism that lead to suicides. If you honestly approve of that, then you are insensitive.

    The CCC was made to address a problem with high school graduates not measuring up to career material. However, the one-size-fits-all philosophy it demands of schools seems to have the effect of encouraging schools to be mediocre; just satisfy the CCC and you’ll get funding. Good intentions, bad outcomes.

    Anyways, I emailed all the candidates with the following message:

    “I call on you to vote against HB 3478. It is an infringement of the right of American families to take their children’s education into their own hands. This is unacceptable. Parents deserve the right to homeschool their children, as well as to send them to public or private schools. “

  • ManCavePatriot

    I’d bet ‘dollars to donuts’ that the sponsors of this abomination are also freemasons.