This article was originally published in print in Parent News magazine…
I’m not sure if many of you are aware of this, but there is a bill moving through the South Carolina legislature that would tie the availability to procure a driver’s license to a student’s attendance. As close as I could tell from the SC Senate website, the bill has moved through the Senate Education committee and is now awaiting a vote in session.
According to what I’ve read about the bill, South Carolina teens who drop out of school or skip too many classes would lose their driving privileges until they turn 18. If it is voted into law, the bill would take effect in August 2013.
The purpose of the bill is to curb the SC dropout rate, which has virtually no effect on homeschoolers. The only caveat for homeschoolers is that you need to make sure that you are in compliance with state law and report your student’s attendance to your accountability association so that your child is not penalized.
As long as alternative schools and homeschools are still given the freedom to conduct school and report their attendance in their own way, I don’t see a problem with the bill. I like the fact that it will hold public school students to a higher standard and ensure that they stay in school longer instead of just dropping out because they don’t enjoy school. The bill also includes a number of exceptions for a variety of situations, such as extended hospital stays, students who enter the military early, and others.
For more information on the bill’s specifics, check out the official Senate website.
Here’s the printed version. My son got a kick out of the fact that he was in the photo.