Homeschooling under assault

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.

12 Responses to Homeschooling under assault

  1. East Valley PC says:

    Another liberal “we know best what’s good for you” incursion into the private lives of American citizens.

  2. American Dad says:

    Although this particular overreach is being made by a Democrat, here in AZ (as pointed out in the post) we have so-called Republicans Brewer and Huppenthal jumping on the same bandwagon with their obvious support of Obama’s educational farce “Common Core.” They’ve even gone so far as to slyly rename it thinking we won’t notice the deception.

    I’m supporting conservative Diane Douglas for AZ Superintendent of Education. RINO Huppenthal has been an absolute disaster. He actually traveled the state with Obama’s far left education “czar” Arne Duncan, pushing this federalizing of public school education. What happens to the members of local school boards elected to provide oversight, Mr. Huppenthal? They stand for election and can be taken out. Who takes out this federal scheme to undermine the education of our school aged sons and daughters?

  3. Clementine says:

    This is how parents who dare to question Common Core are treated:

  4. Tomfoolery says:

    This site reveals Common Core to be “Education without Representation.“

    Read about these concerned educators who pose the following question:

    Ask yourself this: How much learning can be done in a class with 28 students of different abilities and backgrounds, all talking; a teacher who guides but doesn’t teach; and classmates who must teach each other things they don’t understand? How do students get help with this approach at home? What happens to students who don’t have a textbook, don’t have proper guidance, and don’t have any help at home? Direct instruction does make learning easier; that’s a positive for it, not a negative. Learning can be efficient and easy. How is it better to purposefully make children struggle, fail and doubt themselves?

  5. Arizona Conservative Guy says:

    The good news is Dem Cafaro’s term expires December 2016, making her ineligible to run for another four-year term. The same is true for RINO Brewer.

    As for third-rate John Huppenthal, it’s up to all of us, GOP Primary voters, to make sure that’s also the case. He will be on the 2014 ballot and needs to spend more time associating with Democrats from the comfort of his home. Paying him a salary to travel the state with Arne Duncan is beyond disgusting.

  6. Sarah says:

    the Ohio bill was withdrawn on Dec, 19. The sky is NOT falling.

    • Orion says:

      “The sky is not falling,” as you say, because this bill was so over the top that even Democrats wanted it pulled! It was filed 12/3.

  7. Aristotle says:

    Dishonest blogger. You know full well that the homeschool law put in place by Huppenthal is the best homeschool law in the country. You are also a outright hypocrite. You supported the two candidates who brought common core to Arizona. Word is out on you – you are no conservative -your dishonest.

    • Doc says:

      Aristotle…1st…YOU’RE HERE READING THIS BLOG….
      …2nd…apparadently, your education is a wee bit lacking…quote:
      “you are no conservative -your dishonest.” should actually read, “-YOU’RE dishonest.”…’your’ provides ‘ownership’ of a thing…’YOU’RE’ IS THE CONJUNCTIVE FOR ‘YOU ARE’…
      …just sayin’…

      • Night Owl says:

        Doc’s right, Aristotle. He caught you on “your/you’re.” I’ll add my two cents worth and remind you that the article before “outright hypocrite” should be “an” rather than “a.” You ought to take another moniker. Aristotle was known for his great mind. Have you thought of using “Emmett Kelly”?

        Huppenthal has done nothing that qualifies as “best in the country.” He’d have to ponder the issue first, then study it and send it to a committee to do the same. I think the best thing he’s done is dog Obama’s Education Chief Arnie Duncan. It exposes what a fraud/RINO Huppenthal actually is.

  8. LEO IN TSN says:

    McHuppenthal is a fraud. He took over AZ ED replacing Tom Horne, who had filed suit against Tucson Unified School District’s (TUSD) racist & corrupt La Raza Studies. The first thing Hoops did was dismiss that suit. He was forced to refile it after the public outcry of parents, grandparents & real teachers in Baja AZ. He then claimed he “had dismissed it because he had been studying the issues.” The citizens won in court, and La Raza was outlawed.

    In 2013, TUSD resurrected La Raza studies by merely changing the name (sound familiar?). They refused to submit the final curriculum to Hoops for review, as they are required by law to do. They refused to show it to anyone outside the inner sanctum of TUSD. What has Hoops done in response. Nothing! He ignores it so he can travel the state in his snake oil wagon, hawking Common Core. Oh, no, it isn’t Common Core any moe – he changed the name of it. I guess at least TUSD can claim credit for teaching Hoops that trick.

    Hoops & McBrewer are firmly aboard the Obamao bandwagon, and our kids & grandkids will be the slaves who toil to support it. And oh yes, Obamao hates homeschooling, as well as charter and parochial school models, and will destroy them. Everyone has to be forced into government schools. That is the Obamao-Common Core- UN way.

    God bless America.

    • ZOO says:

      You nailed it Leo! These comparisons on the ‘name game’ and compulsory links between Obamacare and Common Core are spot on.