Home schooling used as truancy loophole

SIOUX FALLS, S.D., Dec. 27 (UPI) -- A Sioux Falls school administrator says a state law that allows parents to educate their children at home is being used as a truancy loophole.

Bill Smith, director of instructional support services for the Sioux Falls School District, said the district sees about 10 cases a year in which parents file a request to home school their child to avoid being prosecuted because their child is not going to school, the Sioux Falls Argus reported.


The district is considering submitting a proposed change in law that would stop parents who are in legal trouble because their child is truant from being able to file for home school status.

"The kids that are skipping school are not sitting at home reading great novels," said Bonnie Costain, deputy state's attorney in Minnehaha County.

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