08. Home Schoolers Taking Courses in Public Schools (4/90)

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Whereas some home schoolers want to take one or more courses in a public school; and

Whereas the Wisconsin Constitution provides for free public education to all persons ages four through 20 years of age; and

Whereas the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) has given advice to local school boards that has led to policies denying home schoolers access to public school courses; and

Whereas some formal policies adopted by local school boards prevent (in highly discriminatory ways) home schoolers from taking public school courses; and

Whereas such policies are often in violation of a parent’s and student’s rights under the 1st, 4th, 5th, 9th, and 14th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution and under Wisconsin’s statutes covering equal protection, fair treatment, and anti-discrimination; and

Whereas such policies can deny students equal educational opportunity and have long-term effects on a person’s educational and career goals and accomplishments;

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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