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The Education Standards Act was a federal statute that required parents who homeschooled their children to have their students tested by an grade-appropriate, government determined exam at the end of each school year. If said student received a grade of F (0-59 percent) on their test, their families would be required by law to send their children to a public or private school.

President Javier Hughes proposed the bill in 2042. The bill was co-authored by U.S Senators Keith Ellison (D-MN) and Chris Murphy (AP-CT). Education Secretary Mark Takano and former Ohio Governor John Kasich were also consulted by the President when writing his proposal.

The bill would prove to be very polarizing, with one man citing the legislation as being one of the primary reasons for his attempted assassination of President Hughes in 2043.

Homeschooling would later be outlawed in America in 2056.

Background

Javier Hughes was a long-time critic of homeschooling. In 2037, Hughes passed a similar bill in Washington State as Governor restricting the practice.

During the 2039 Libertarian presidential debate hosted by Snapchat, Hughes was asked a question involving the issue of parents who homeschooled their children. During his answer, the Governor declared that the practice, "serv[ed] only to isolate children from their peers, while giving them a substandard education". Hughes' statement would spark a heated exchange between himself and Colorado Governor Howard Napier, a noted supporter of homeschooling.

In 2042, the Education Standards Act was proposed by Hughes, and was immediately met with controversy. Senator Kevin Yoder (R-KS) called the bill "disgraceful". Many in the President's own party attacked Hughes and the legislation, with Liberty Weekly, a radical Libertarian news organization ran a headline titled, President Hughes The Face of LINO(Libertarian in name only)s.

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