From Legislative Liaison, Melanie Elsey
Ohio’s Home Education Regulations Five Year Review
This year is the five year mark for the State Board of Education / Ohio Department of Education to complete a mandatory review of Ohio’s home education regs (Ohio Administrative Code 3301-34).
This is a multi-month process which begins with an internal agency review of the regulations and draft revisions (if any) prepared by the Ohio Department of Education. CHEO, HSLDA, and home educating parents from various locations around the state were invited to participate in a meeting at the ODE to discuss potential revisions that the ODE considers necessary. We provided honest feedback that was purposed to safeguard our primary right to home educate and continue to have consistent application throughout Ohio. This is just an initial step in the process. The ODE will internally prepare a final draft for public input, which will be posted sometime before the end of the year.
It is critically important for all of us to take part in giving feedback to the ODE. The last time this process occurred the ODE received over 12,000 hits on their website with specific comments on draft revisions. The overwhelming theme in public feedback at that time was to make no changes and the State Board’s actions reflected this. Only a couple technical changes were made in 2013.
CHEO will post a legislative update on our website by tomorrow that will outline the complete process and we will be glad to answer any questions you may have. We really appreciate HSLDA’s leadership in this process and are praying for wisdom for each decision maker, elected officials, and home educating families as we all will have the chance to get involved.
When we know what rule changes will be posted and a specific date that the public can get involved we will let you know.
The public comment period is expected to be a 30 day window. We have not been given the date yet, but the ODE expects it to be before the end of the year. Please stay alert and be prepared to get friends and family involved. The opportunity for public comment is not limited to home educators.