Ohio Democrat legislator introduces massively intrusive bill
The Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) — an advocacy group defending the constitutional right of parents to direct the upbringing and education of their children and to protect family freedoms — is hard at work in Ohio.
We might well need their services here in Arizona.
As the federal overreaches contained in the Common Core curriculum gain more exposure, parents have balked to the point that John Huppenthal, Arizona’s Superintendent of Public Instruction, with enthusiastic approval from Gov. Jan Brewer have attempted to dupe the public by slickly changing the name “Common Core” to “Arizona College and Career Ready Standards.” The duo are shamefully pushing policies intended to cede control of every facet of our education system to federal bureaucrats, undermining local control.
As Arizona’s 2014 legislative session gets underway Monday, January 13, we need to remain vigilant. Ohio parents who opt to alternatively homeschool their children are already under legislative assault.
With the recent introduction of Senate Bill 248, by Democrat State Sen. Capri Cafaro, Ohio has suddenly become a frontline in the battle over homeschooling freedom. HSLDA describes SB 248 as “breathtakingly onerous in its scope.” It requires all homeschooling parents to undergo a social services investigation which would ultimately determine if homeschooling would be permitted. Social workers would interview parents and children separately, conduct background checks and be the sole determiner as to whether or not to recommend homeschooling for each individual family. If it is not recommended, parents would have to submit to an “intervention” before further consideration of their request to homeschool.
SB 248 (read it here) is a ham-handed response to a child abuse tragedy which ended in the death of a 14-year-old boy at the hands of his mother’s boyfriend. The crime would not have been averted had this bill been enacted and in effect at the time the crime occurred. While a student in public school, his ongoing abuse was reported by teahcers to authorities who did not intervene. His mother removed him from the school under the guise of homeschooling him, when in fact she wanted to ensure no prying eyes would intrude on the dysfunctional family.
The Ohio bill unjustly targets homeschooling, removing the focus from the state — which did nothing to protect the boy when the vicious abuse he suffered was reported — and attacking families making educational choices for their children. The “mother” and her boyfriend are now where they belong — in prison.