Sunday, February 10, 2008

CT Homeschooler Press Conference - Parent's Rights Protection

Rep. Arthur O'Neill visits one of the homeschoolers displaying a project in the Concourse during Homeschool Pride and Lobby day - There were over 45 displays from homeschooling families and organizations at the Capitol that day.

CT-N has made available the video from the Press Conference that Rep. Arthur O'Neill (R, Southbury) sponsored last Wednesday, Feb. 6 (opening day of the session). Featured speakers on behalf of the bill were parents Isabelle Hall-Gustafson, and Merri Klar, also legislators Rep. Deborah Heinrich (D, Madison-Guilford), Rep. Patricia Widlitz (D, Guilford-Branford), Rep. Anne Ruwet (R, Torrington), and Rep. Al Adinolfi (R,Cheshire-Hamden-Wallingford). Rep. O'Neill is proposing legislation this session and it is entitled "Parent's Rights Protection"
Summary: When a parent or guardian of a child provides by certified mail, return receipt requested, to the principal of the school that the child attends or to the superintendent of the local or regional board of education, written notice originated by and signed by the parent or guardian of a child stating that the parent or guardian is withdrawing the child from enrollment in a public school and will provide instruction for the child as required pursuant to section 10-184, the principal of the school that the child attends or the local or regional board of education shall accept such notice and shall deem the child withdrawn from enrollment in the public school immediately upon receipt of such notice.
This should effectively put an end to school's keeping children on the enrollment lists, and then reporting them as truant, even after they have received a letter from parents withdrawing their children from school.

Seeing as this session is supposed to deal only with budget matters, this certainly IS a budget issue because of the hundreds of thousands of dollars of wasted taxpayer money that schools spend on litigation on these matters, as well as administrative time lost. There is also the wasted time and money and resources realized by DCF in investigating false allegations of truancy and educational neglect filed by school administrators. DCF surely has more important investigations to be dealing with then those referred to them by schools who are merely looking to bully and coerce parents who have chosen to remove their children from public school.

The video is 24:15 minutes long.