Tom Lewis Testifies in House Education Committee Meeting on HB2536

AFHE’s legislative team was on site at the State Capitol Monday night February 12, 2018  on behalf of Arizona homeschoolers for the hearing of HB2536 in the House Education Committee.

AFHE supports HB2536, which will ensure that homeschool students who take classes at Joint Technical Education Districts (JTEDs) or similar schools that offer dual enrollment opportunities receive college credit in the same manner as their non-homeschooled peers.

We began working on this issue in response to reports that homeschool students attending certain JTEDs were not allowed to receive the same college credits for their work that other students receive.

Monday, February 12, HB2536 passed out of the House Education Committee with a vote of 9-1. The bill will now go to the House floor. If it is approved there, it will head to the Senate.

A huge thank you to Tom Lewis for his work on this issue and cogent testimony before the House Education Committee.

We will post updates as they become available. No action is needed at this time.



Update February 28

Legislative Action Alert – Call Your Senator

A Little Background

Arizona students, including homeschooled students, have the opportunity to enhance their education during high school with JTED (Joint Technical Education District) classes, which includes programs like West-MEC and EVIT among others. In some situations, these are dual enrollment classes, which offer students community college credit in addition to high school credit.

Currently state statute prevents community colleges from granting college credit to homeschooled students who successfully complete the courses taken at a JTED, whereas public school students enrolled in the same classes do receive college credit.

HB2536 is a bill that corrects this inequity in state statute.

Talking Points

  • HB2536 allows homeschooled students to receive college credit like other students for dual enrollment classes they take.
  • HB2536 is supported by the community colleges and the JTEDs.
  • HB2536 does not mandate public school access to dual enrollment classes.
  • There is no additional cost to schools or the State with the passage of HB2536.

Call your Senator

Please call your State Senator and ask them to support HB2536.

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A few brief minutes of your time will make a great impact for homeschool freedom and equitable treatment of Arizona homeschool students. Thank you for your support!