Bill Moves Tracking of Home School Kids to State

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Atlanta, GA (AP) - Local school districts will no longer be responsible for keeping up with what students are enrolled in home school programs under a bill passed by the Georgia Senate.

The Senate voted 41-9 on Monday on legislation that would move that responsibility to the state Department of Education. The legislation now goes to the governor's desk.

The bill is part of recommendations made by a commission created by Gov. Nathan Deal to overhaul how the state funds education.

The legislation also calls for parents whose children are skipping school to receive notice by certified mail before they are prosecuted for violating the state's truancy law. Parents who break the law can spend up to 30 days in jail and pay up to $100 in fines.

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Online:

House Bill 39: http://www.legis.ga.gov