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Should states regulate homeschoolers more closely? Would that help prevent rare instances of neglect‚ÄĒor establish a dangerous precedent of government interference?
An article in the Sept. 6 issue of WORLD explores the question of abuse among homeschooling families. Although available evidence suggests abuse and neglect are less common than average among homeschoolers, the Coalition for Responsible Home Education has proposed tightening homeschool laws.
Heather Doney and Rachel Coleman, two former homeschool students, founded CRHE in December. Together with Rachel Lazerus, a CHRE staff member, they wrote a set of homeschool policy recommendations for lawmakers, intended to ‚Äúprotect homeschooled children and youth from falling through the cracks if their parents or guardians are unable or unwilling to responsibly educate them.‚ÄĚ...
I have some reservations about HSLDA, in fact when the boss of this organizations wonders afar from the home school arena I thoroughly condemn his actions. However, in ths article the HSLDA gave reasoned responses and it looks like in many places actually agreed with CRHE. The HSLDA does have something about the regulations in all 50 states, which can be found here, https://www.hslda.org/laws/Summary_of_Laws.pdf(Home School Laws (PDF)).
states need to regulate their schools period. (as written in their charters) as far as I've been able to ascertain, they've been handing over that responsibility to the feds and charter schools. Either way, representation is lost for those in the community who do use the public schools. If they are failing at their own responsibilities, why do they feel the need to expand?
These ladies think that the broken public school system should monitor homeschoolers. The public schools are a mess and incompetent. They cannot guarantee kids will be well educated and safe from abuse. This is simply a ploy to get kids away from the care, nuture, and influence from parents. This is diguised as something other than that. Someone is always trying to mess with home schoolers.