The township of East Providence, Rhode Island recently drew up a new policy for homeschoolers. In a remarkable first, they agreed to inform homeschoolers of any potential policy change prior to trying to implement them.

In addition, this new policy allows East Providence homeschoolers to immediately start homeschooling upon written notification to the school system. They also eliminated mandatory meetings with school officials and dropped the requirement for families to explain why they decided to homeschool.

Attendance and evaluations were finally agreed upon after discussion.

This is an excellent example of how the school system and homeschoolers can work together and create policies that are within state law and yet benefits all involved. May other towns and cities follow suit.

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Susan Harris News Editor

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