Friday, July 6, 2007

Hoo Ya! A Victory For A Military Homeschool Family In CT !

If you have been following my posts for the past month or so about the CT Department of Education and DCF abuses on homeschooling families - you know that CT homeschoolers (and others) have been speaking out against those abuses. CT Families have been falsely reported by school administrators to DCF after withdrawing their children from school for trumped up reasons such as "truancy" and "educational neglect" and various other charges. So far 28 families have been affected this year alone.

We have had meetings with government officials.
We have been speaking out.
We protested.

It looks like DCF is listening and seriously addressing the issue.

The DCF Commissioner, Susan Hamilton, send a certified letter to Isabelle Hall-Gustafsen, whose husband had been deployed, saying that DCF has reviewed her file and has decided to reverse their substantiation of the school's claims of truancy and medical neglect. So the case is now unsubstantiated and the family can breathe a little easier. The news came at the time when SSGT Robert Gustafson, Jr (643rd MP ) returned home from deployment on July 3rd. (I am certain they had a very happy 4th of July!).

Additionally, Commissioner Hamilton has promised to get back to us with plans of implementing the policy changes that NHELD has recommended in order to avoid these types of investigations brought on by false reports by school administrators.

This is very good news... but there are two other families of the 28 so far who have been "substantiated".

Of course there are some other things that need to be done with regard to the DCF issues. A review needs to be done of how some of these social workers and agents deal with these investigations as many of these families have been verbally abused and treated very badly by some of these investigators. That will most likely require training and education of these folks on homeschooling and the law.

Additionally, we'd like to see the records of these false claims expunged from the files for these families - as having this black mark as part of a background check is not a good thing especially if one is seeking employment or wanting to work with civic organizations like 4-H or scouting.

I'll do my best to keep you updated as further developments arise.