HARRISBURG – Members of the PA House Education Committee approved legislation to permit home schooled students to participate in academic classes in their respective school district. Families of students who participate in home education programs pay taxes and permitting them to supplement their education courses with classes offered by their public school would enable families to maximize the educational potential for students. Rep. Jesse Topper of Bedford & Fulton Counties introduced House Bill 1041 and said it would make the practice consistent statewide, but not give preferential treatment. Some schools forbid home schooled students from participating in co-curricular activities such as marching band, which contain a combination of academic and extracurricular components. The bill would permit home schooled students to participate in co-curricular programs and career and technical schools as well. The bill passed the state House Education Committee and now goes to the full House for consideration.