One of the primary functions of THEA is to defend your freedom to homeschool in Tennessee. This freedom has not always been recognized in Tennessee. Since 1984 the Tennessee Home Education Association has continually fought to secure and protect this freedom. A portion of all THEA and chapter dues goes to support a legislative monitor/lobbyist who tracks all education-related legislation to ensure nothing gets past our watch that could endanger our freedom to educate our children at home. Learn more about the legal history and situation of home education in Tennessee, and how you can stay informed.
Tennessee General Assembly House – March 25 Rep. Kane presented HB 0222, and moved to conform with SB 240. Chairman Brooks read the bill as amended and the amendment was placed on the bill. Rep Fitzhugh expressed concern that if we set a precedent we would eventually be offering public school amenities to charter schools, virtual schools, etc. Rep. Kane reiterated that homeschoolers do pay taxes to the state and that this is a reasonable accommodation to allow homeschoolers to participate in sports. Rep. Fitzhugh asked about any costs...read more
House Education Committee-March 19 The House Education Committee heard HB 0222, which as amended allows homeschool students (including those registered under a church related school) to try out for any sports team provided they meet the academic and conduct standards. It does not guarantee that they will make the team, but it is a huge step in the direction of allowing Tennessee homeschoolers an unprecedented freedom to try out for their local school athletic programs. Representative Kane brought the bill before the committee, with wording...read more
House Education Subcommittee-March 12 Representative Durham brought HB 1055 before the House Education Subcommittee, which as drafted reduces the requirements for the length of time a student must be homeschooled from 2 years down to 1 in order to be eligible to receive the Lottery Scholarship. There is a fiscal note of approximately $50,000 which may cause issues for the bill. It was discussed to make this a pilot project, however due to legal issues this was not pursued. The committee voted to move this bill to the full committee with very...read more
Senate Senator Campfield briefly explained SB 0222 and fielded a few clarifying questions by Senator Kyle, who thought that homeschool students could currently participate in public school sports in all counties. Senator Campfield specified that the LEA (Local Education Agency) was blocking this in about half of the 90+ counties, and that this bill abided by TSSAA rules while requiring compliance with the LEA. With no further questions the bill was passed with 31 voting in favor, none voting against.read more
House Education Subcommittee – February 26 The House Education Subcommittee rolled HB1055, which changes the Lottery Scholarship requirements so that a student only has to be classified as “home schooled” for one year instead of two. Senate Education Committee – February 27 The Senate Education Committee for the second time heard SB240, which allows students to try out for public school athletic programs (it does not require that they be admitted to the team, but they must be given the opportunity to try out). Senator...read more
Senate Education Committee – February 20 The Senate Education Committee for the first time heard SB0240, which is the result of a long-time effort to allow homeschoolers the opportunity to try-out for public school athletics. Senator Campfield brought the bill before the committee, stating that currently only about 40 counties allow homeschool students to try out, this bill would require the other 90 counties to allow students to try out. An amendment was brought that would specify that the students must meet the same health...read more
Press Release Tennessee Home Education Association February 17, 2011 Nashville, TN – Legislation has been introduced today by Senator Mike Bell and Representative Bill Dunn to change the home school law in Tennessee. The Tennessee Home Education Association has observed that much that takes place in the home schooling community could be more accurately defined if certain changes were made in the state law. In particular many home schoolers rely on the Jeter memo as the legal process by which they home school. This actually is a letter...read more