Home Law Argued
The Maryland State Board of Education last week conducted hearings on a proposed bylaw to state education statutes that would allow school superintendents to waive college-graduation and teacher-certification requirements for parents who wish to teach their children at home.
The hearing was the result of growing concern among superintendents who have sought guidance on monitoring home-education programs, said a spokesman for the state's department of education.
The spokeman described the current compulsory attendance law as "vague." It says only that a child "shall attend a pubic school ... unless receiving [other] regular, thorough instruction."
The bylaw--the second such measure to be considered in two years--would waive college-graduation and teacher-certification requirements entirely "if justified" the applicant's previous teaching experience or other qualifications.