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Montana LP testifies against bill mandating home-schooler tests
from www.LP.org

Parents, not mandatory government tests, are the best way to ensure that home-schooled children get a good education.

That's what Montana LP State Chair Mike Fellows told the State Senate's Education and Cultural Resources Committee in testimony in Helena on February 10.

The bill Fellows spoke against -- SB 276 -- was filed by State Senator Don Ryan (District 22/Great Falls). It would have required standardized tests for all home-schooled children.

Ryan said the bill was inspired by President George W. Bush's "Leave No Child Behind" legislation, which will require standardized tests for most public school students.

Currently, Montana parents only have to sign a form saying their home-schooled children are getting an appropriate education.

Fellows told the committee: "Education is important, but parents are responsible for the education of their kids. Parents [should be able] to educate their children with their values, and not a values system that's dictated by government officials."

Although dozens of citizens testified against SB 276 -- and over 400 people packed the hearing room -- "we were the only [political] party to object to this bill," said Fellows.

The bill was later defeated in committee, with only State Senator Ryan voting for it.[/i]
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