Beginning this year, Arkansas home schoolers will be able to participate in interscholastic, extracurricular activities at their local public school. Rep. Gunner Delay first introduced this concept in the Arkansas Legislature back in 2001. It only took 12 years for this law to pass.
Why did it take so long? Some in the education establishment seem to think it is their mission to preserve the status quo at all costs—even the education of our children. That’s why they oppose anything that looks or smells like school choice. The worst thing some of these folks can imagine is allowing parents the freedom to choose how to educate their children. They don’t even want kids to be able to choose a different public school.
Thankfully, not everyone wants to build a “Berlin Wall” around the public schools. In fact, some superintendents are viewing this new law as a way to roll out the red carpet and recruit some new students for their school. They know that school choice is a two-way street and that some home schoolers just might choose to return to public school.
When all is said and done, this new law is about empowering parents to choose how their children are educated and that’s how it should be.