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HB 1013 passed the Senate yesterday. It awaits a possible concurrence vote in the House today.
Yesterday, the homeschool bill (House Bill 1013) passed the full PA senate by a vote of 37 to 11. (Click here to see who voted for it and who against.) It has passed four of the six hurdles. The House still has to "concur" with the language changes made by the Senate and Governor Corbett still needs to sign the bill.
It is on today's PA House Calendar for a possible concurrence vote today. The PA House convenes at 11:00am for a rare Thursday session. (They usually are only in session Mondays through Wednesdays.) There is a lot on the House calendar today, so they may not get to HB 1013.
It it passes the concurrence vote today, it will probably be signed by the Governor before the November election. You would just have to turn in your evaluation letter next June, not your portfolio. Also, you and your evaluator would be able to give your graduate a recognized diploma on a diploma form to be made available on the Pennsylvania Department of Education's website.
The bill would also put into law the current PA Department of Education policy which recognizes homeschool organizations to give diplomas to graduates of home education programs. It would thus continue recognition of organizations, including Pennsylvania Homeschoolers Accreditation Agency, into the distant future.
At this point, it looks very likely that the bill will pass this year, but it all depends upon whether the House gets to it today.
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