Yet further proof that homeschoolers have some political clout in Missouri, as the Missouri House drops the reduction in compulsory school attendance age. This was the subject of the HSLDA action alert I posted recently. From STLToday:
Education bill loses its steam as it goes through Legislature
By Juana Summers
Senators stripped out a number of provisions late Monday in an attempt to move the bill ahead in the legislative process.
“The thought last night was to take this down to the smallest bill that we possibly could,” said Sen. David Pearce, R-Warrensburg.
One provision given the ax was an amendment proposed by Sen. Joe Keaveny, D-St. Louis, that would make the mandatory school attendance age 6, instead of 7, in St. Louis and Kansas City schools. The provision drew the ire of home school advocates who said parents, and not the government, should decide when a child is ready to begin school.
Great news, but remember that the fight is not necessarily over. From the article:
A number of provisions cut from the House bill — which is likely to go to conference — could still be amended onto other bills.