Wyoming Home Education Law
Wyoming Home Education law requires the teaching of a “basic educational program” by the child’s parent or legal guardian or by a person designated by the parent or legal guardian. “Basic educational program” is one that provides a sequentially progressive curriculum of fundamental instruction in reading, writing, mathematics, civics, history, literature and science.
These curriculum requirements do not require any private school or home-based educational program to include in its curriculum any concept, topic or practice in conflict with its religious doctrines or to exclude from its curriculum any concept, topic or practice consistent with its religious doctrines.
- School attendance is required for children whose seventh birthday falls on or before Sept. 15 and through their sixteenth birthday or completion of the 10th grade. A minimum of 175 days of attendance is required yearly.
- Homeschool families are required to submit a curriculum to the local board of trustees each year showing that the program complies with the educational requirements of the state.
- Most Wyoming homeschool families meet this requirement by sending a form supplied to HSLDA members or a letter (see sample) with the required information at the beginning of each school year.
United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC)
The issue of parental rights is, and will continue to be, one of importance to Homeschoolers Of Wyoming. In this Homeschool Legal Defense Associate (HSLDA) article about the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), attorney Michael P. Farris outlines:
- Ten Things You Need to Know About the Structure of the CRC
- Ten Things You Need to Know About the Substance of the CRC
- Overview of the Scope of Human Rights Law
- Two Central Principles of the CRC
- Will the CRC ever be ratified?
The CRC has been ratified by a total of 196 nations, including every member of the United Nations with one exception, the United States of America.
As reported in the HSLDA article:
On February 16, 1995, Madeline Albright, then the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, signed the CRC on behalf of the United States. Although the signing of the treaty was proclaimed a great victory by the then-First Lady Hillary Clinton, President Clinton never sent the treaty to the Senate for ratification.
As reported in Wikipedia:
The United States government played an active role in the drafting of the Convention and signed it on 16 February 1995, but has not ratified it because it forbids both the death penalty and life imprisonment for children (Article 37), even though a state can legitimately ratify subject to reservations or interpretations. It has been claimed that American opposition to the Convention stems primarily from political and religious conservatives. For example, the Heritage Foundation sees it as threatening national control over domestic policy and the Homeschool Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) argues that the CRC threatens homeschooling.
HOW encourages every homeschooling family to become more informed on this issue. Mr. Farris launched ParentalRights.org to join with other parents in stopping the internationalist move toward child’s rights, but more importantly, to secure constitutional protection for parental rights.
As homeshooling parents and families, let us take encouragement from Nehemiah 2:18 …”So they strengthened their hands for this good work.”
At its 2008 Annual Meeting, the HOW Board passed a resolution endorsing the following amendment to the U.S. Constitution recognizing the natural right we have as parents to raise our children. As home education is founded on parental rights, this is an issue the Board believes should command our attention.
Proposed Text of the Amendment
The liberty of parents to direct the upbringing and education of their children is a fundamental right.
Neither the United States nor any state shall infringe upon this right without demonstrating that its governmental interest as applied to the person is of the highest order and not otherwise served.
No treaty nor any source of international law may be employed to supersede, modify, interpret, or apply to the rights guaranteed by this article.
The first step in the process to amend the Constitution has already been achieved. On July 15, 2008, H.J. Res 97 was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives, placing the above text before Congress for its approval. Both the House and the Senate must pass the Resolution by a two-thirds majority before the amendment goes to the states, where three-fourths of the states must ratify it.
The need for such an amendment has arisen because federal and state judges are eroding traditional parental rights in court decisions. Also, there is a trend in some courts to look to international law (i.e., laws of other nations, U.N. policies), for guidance in deciding cases. This body of international law does not afford the protection of parental rights that American jurisprudence has. The amendment is being promoted by ParentalRights.org.