Regarding homeschool interference from public schools or other governmental entities, I’ve always been more concerned for families leaving the public schools than the families that have always homeschooled. If there is a bully to be found in school administrators, then they dig in deep for whatever reason. Losing seat attendance loses money and most administrators don’t want students leaving their domain. What is happening in Connecticut is one dreadful illustration of that bullying of families.
In CT, the Dept of Children and Families can tag team with the school districts for charges of educational neglect. Sorry state of affairs, but fortunately these families have some go-getters with Deborah Stevenson and Judy Aron of NHELD. Good thoughts for all of them from out here on the prairie.
Some legislators who are concerned about this situation are trying to help with a bill. From Judy:
Parents should be able to withdraw their children from school and not have the school keep their children on the enrollment lists and then have them reported to DCF !! This has happened, and is still happening already to 25 families in CT!
Judy says this about the NHELD sponsored press conference Press Conference Regarding DCF Abuses Scheduled For June 6 – Sponsored by NHELD
Specifically, parents desiring to remove their children to educate them at home are being falsely reported to DCF by school administrators in order to prevent them from leaving the school system. Parents are being coerced into complying with demands that have no basis in statute under threat of removing their children from their homes.
You will hear from Isabelle Hall-Gustafson, whose husband is on military deployment overseas. She is a mother who was reported by her school district to DCF for educational and medical neglect after the school, itself, chose to ignore doctors’ notes and a medical plan for the child, only to call the child truant and the mother neglectful. You’ll also hear from another mother, Christine Canfield, who provided doctors’ notes for absences for her daughter, only to be told that wasn’t good enough, that she had to sign medical releases so the school could know more and talk privately to the child’s doctors. When that Mom said, “No,” the public school reported her to DCF, and DCF substantiated her for neglect. Other parents will talk about their experiences as well.
And here’s the report: Results Of Wednesday’s Press Conference
Valerie has several articles and interviews all lined up on HEM NewsCom