A message from Cathy Muscara:

March 28, 2020

The Governor has signed! (Amongst all the manyyyyyy other things he has on his plate these days!) Please send an email of appreciation – and/or a prayer of thanks!

Update—Legislature Waives Testing and Evaluation Requirements for Homeschoolers
by Dan Beasley/HSLDA • March 27, 2020

The Pennsylvania Legislature has passed legislation to waive the end-of-year evaluation and testing requirements and the minimum instructional time requirements (180 days or 900/990 hours) for homeschooling families for the 2019-2020 school year.

Senate Bill 751 was amended to include these waivers and other changes in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

***Governor Wolf signed the bill into law TODAY. It is effective IMMEDIATELY.***

This means that for the 2019-2020 school year, homeschooling parents will NOT be required to:

– Include the results of a nationally normed standardized achievement test (or the Pennsylvania statewide test) in their student’s portfolio. This is currently required for students in 3rd, 5th, and 8th grade.
– Conduct an annual written evaluation of educational progress as determined by a qualified homeschool evaluator.
– Send the qualified evaluator’s certification to the local superintendent by June 30.
The waiver is only effective for the 2019-2020 school year, so these requirements will be applicable again for the 2020-2021 school year (next year).

***Homeschool affidavits for next year still must be filed by August 1, 2020.

HSLDA applauds this legislative action that protects homeschooling students from unhealthy social conduct because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

March 13, 2020 – what an interesting time in our lives!  If your family is experiencing an abrupt change and you are seeking homeschooling help, PLEASE reach out to us!  We can help you! We represent decades of homeschooling experience with literally hundreds of local homeschool families!

HSLDA (Homeschool Legal Defense Association) has compiled a great jump start resource:  https://hslda.org/getting-started?utm_source=press%20release&utm_medium=pr&utm_campaign=Outreach&utm_content=QuickStart

Most importantly, spend time with your children talking – AND listening! Read books!  Write letters to homebound seniors!  Make early Christmas gifts!  Build forts!  Dig in the dirt!  And rely on God’s strength and hope to see you through!

With love and prayers,
Cathy and an amazing team of evaluators!

Thank you for allowing me to join you in your homeschool journey!  From my early childhood playing school with younger siblings, to my present season of being an “empty desker,” God has designed me with a heart for homeschooling.  I have been in the trenches with you throughout the years, and now that our children have graduated from homeschooling high school, I am stepping out in faith in encouraging and mentoring other homeschool families.

Some days you may need a cheerleader beside you to help you remember why you have chosen to keep your children at home; other days you may need a coach to get you back on track; and other days you may need to be challenged to raise the bar and dig a little deeper with your family.  From my heart to your home, I hope to be here for you!  🙂

Let’s keep in touch!

Have any questions, comments or concerns?  Let me know…

 

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