Rep. Martin Files GOOD Home School Bill

Rep. Mark Martin has filed a good home school bill that will alleviate some of the restrictions placed on home school families by the State of Arkansas. Among other things, the bill eliminates some of the paperwork required to be filed when the child begins home schooling, and makes it easier to transfer from public school to home school mid-semester.

Please do not confuse this bill with Rep. Cook’s BAD home school bill. Rep. Martin’s bill is HB 1989. You can download a copy of the bill here (Note: If the file will not open, right-click the link and select “Save As” to download it to your computer for viewing).

We will keep you informed on this good bill as events unfold.

About David Cox

David is a former home school student. In 2007 he graduated from John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Arkansas, with a bachelors degree in Business Administration. He currently works as Education Alliance's primary IT employee, webmaster, and blogger. David and his wife live in Little Rock.
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5 Responses to Rep. Martin Files GOOD Home School Bill

  1. Terri says:

    This is great! Thank you Rep. Martin for your efforts. We will be praying for you as you continue to fight for our freedoms!

  2. Stacy says:

    WONDERFUL!!! Prayers are being sent for Rep. Martin. Thank you for fighting for homeschoolers!!!!!!!!

  3. Joseph Pinckney says:

    The big problem with the original home school bill is the failure of Rep. Cook to take into consideration that public school is a service which some of us choose not to use in the same way that we have opted out of welfare by getting jobs. Public school is an important and necessary service for those who need it. However the education of children is the responsibility of parents. It is my job to raise my children, see that they are fed, and educated. None of these provisions are the responsibility of the government because the Constitution says that it is responsible for the “general welfare” and the cook bill gets into specific welfare which cannot be done without denying the rights of the people. I support any bill which increases my responsibilities because it allows me to look out for the best interests of people I care about. If their are parents who do a poor job at raising their children, the Cook bill merely absolves them of their irresponsibility. Unfortunately it also punishes us who seek this responsibility. If what Rep. Martin has introduced indeed places the responsibility of child rearing back with the parents where it belongs then he has my thanks and support.

  4. Teresa says:

    Thank you, for providing this website that home school parents like myself can look at and get helpful information on the good bill such as Mr. Martin’s and then again also the not so good bills such as Mr. Cook’s.
    My husband and I have two daughter’s who until mid February 2009 have attended public school, in the Ozark Mountain School District, and I can truly and honestly tell you that being able to take them out and home school them at this time, even though it was nearly the end of the 3rd nine weeks was truly a blessing.
    The public school system truly failed our daughter’s especially the oldest one in being taught as she should be. It was truly a classic case of the NO Child Left Behind. After talking with the school’s principal,superintendent, and her teacher we could not get any resolve of the bad situation she was in and she as well as us was miserable and she was not learning as she should have and had fallen behind especially in Math.
    No child or parent should be put in this situation, we tried to work with them in every way and were totally ignored. We had intended to pull out at the end of this year and home school, but with the problems at hand after much thought and prayer, we decided to go ahead for the sake of our girls and do it now. And we are so very happy that we made that choice.
    THANK YOU, to all of our Represenative’s who are supporting the home school parents and children who have chosen to do this for the children’s best interest.
    Thank You, Mr. Martin for supporting us!!!!
    May God Bless Each Of You,
    Teresa & family

  5. Mom of 5 says:

    I appreciate this “Good Bill”Rep Mark Martin has filed but the bill Mr. Cook wants to file I do not. I enjoy the freedom to homeschool my children. I choose not to use the public school system, yet we still pay tax dollars for that. That should be enough. My children learn at their pace and are influenced and taught by what my husband and I as their parents feel they should be. They are highly advanced in their education and have other great work ethics that they would’ve missed out on in the public school enviroment. This is my freedom as an American and should be everyones right to choose for their families. There are already enough papers to be filled out and the state already knows if and when our children have “State Tested”. That should be enough!!!