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that the child attends or the local or regional board of education shall accept such notice and shall deem the child withdrawn from enrollment in the public school immediately upon receipt of such notice.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.


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christinemm said...

Judy thank you for your time and energy devoted to this CT homeschooling issue. I am so happy the press conference video is online. Have a great day!

Anonymous said...

I'm confused why you support this dopey legislation and oppose the equally dopey Parental Rights Amendment in another post on the same day. It seems like they have similar problems? The CT law seems fairly clear to me. Why mess with it?

"All parents and those who have the care of children shall bring them up in some lawful and honest employment and instruct them or cause them to be instructed in reading, writing, spelling, English grammar, geography, arithmetic and United States history and in citizenship, including a study of the town, state and federal governments"

Enough said.

Judy Aron said...

Anonymous (10:17 PM) - It is obvious that you have not read both pieces of legislation and do not understand what each proposal is trying to do. You also do not understand the difference between the implications of federal constitutional amendments and state statute.

CT law is clear, but because the State Department of Education and school administrators are abusing their authority when it comes to parents withdrawing children from school, it is also clear that a statute must be created to say that when a parent writes a letter of withdrawal to the school that it must be honored, and that parents cannot be harrassed or reported to DCF for doing so.

The PRA on the federal level is attempting to do something different - it is trying to respond to threats on parental rights coming from United Nations initiatives. More importantly it is trying to involve protection of parental rights in federal law where it really does not belong.

Please read all the background documentation before calling this inititative in CT "a dopey law". Then when you are done - go face the parents who have been dragged through damaging and unneccesary DCF investigations for nothing, why you think it is a dopey law.. okay?

Anonymous said...

I am one of those parents that was put through a nightmare for no reason. I had even filed a notice of intent to homeschool and waited for the school to even stamp it as received and it did no good. They still went after us with DCF and stating he was a truant when he had medical issues and had 4 specialists and doctors letters etc. So this is not a "dopey law" it is a very much needed law. My husband was deployed defending your freedoms and rights while ours were being attacked, because of the BOE and Superintendents bully tactics.
sincerely disgusted