07. Entry and Re-entry Into Public Schools (4/90)

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Whereas home schooled students have consistently been shown to perform very well academically and socially; and

Whereas entry/re-entry policies have been established without a demonstrated need or basis in fact by local public school districts in Wisconsin in response to or anticipation of Home-Based Private Educational Program students entering public schools; and

Whereas approximately 4,000 former Home-Based Private Educational Program students have successfully entered conventional schools over the past five years without such policies being in effect; and

Whereas such policies often discriminate against Home-Based Private Educational Program (HBPEP) students by applying different standards, criteria, and tests against HBPEP students than against other private or public school students entering a public school in the areas of test scores, social development, trial periods for grade placement, time requirements for graduation, acceptance of courses and grades for courses, and eligibility for awards; and

Whereas such policies can have serious lasting negative effects on a HBPEP student’s grade placement, school performance, and personal career; and

Whereas such policies are often in violation of a parent’s and student’s protection under the 1st, 4th, 9th, and 14th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution and Wisconsin equal protection, fair treatment, and anti-discrimination statutes; and

Whereas such policies can arbitrarily affect a parent’s and student’s free choice of public education, detour citizens from choosing a HBPEP, and punish a family for choosing a HBPEP for one or more of its members;

Be it resolved by members of the Wisconsin Parents Association (WPA) that WPA opposes such discriminatory policies, encourages its members to oppose the development and enactment of such discriminatory policies by local school boards, and encourages its members to work toward rescinding such discriminatory policies where they have been adopted. 4/90

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