Kansas Education Board Looks Into Home Schooling

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

The chairman of the Kansas State Board of Education says the state needs to look into home schooling to make sure children are being adequately educated.

David Dennis of Wichita says he has heard reports of children being kept at home to babysit younger siblings while their parents claim they are being home-schooled.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports fellow board member Ken Willard of Hutchinson says he hasn't heard any complaints. He disagreed Tuesday with Dennis' suggestion that legislation might be needed to beef up reporting requirements for home-schoolers.

Kansas doesn't specifically authorize home schooling, but does recognize "non-accredited private schools" that aren't required to employ certified teachers.

The board agreed to discuss the matter more at its meeting next month.

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