Friday, May 16, 2008

CT Legislature - Heroes For 2008 - Supporting Parental Rights

When it comes to upholding parental rights, there are some very good people who hold elected office in the CT State legislature.
These are our children's heroes.

These are the people who showed our children that the people's voices do matter, and they demonstrated that they truly represent their constituents instead of ignoring them and creating more problems. These were the legislators that answered our phone calls and emails and agreed to meet with parents. Some of them came out to forums held in or near their districts last fall. These are the legislators who took the time to really listen and understand the problems and refused compromises on parental rights. They refused to blindly do the bidding of education lawyers and agents of special interests. They helped us. They represented us. They worked for us. They did so largely in a bi-partisan manner. Their aides deserve out thanks as well.

These legislators went on record as saying that they would support the original language for SB162 - Parental Rights Bill - which would have amended 10-220 (Duties of Boards of Education) and require that when a parent sends a letter of withdrawal to the school that the school must accept it and disenroll their child. They wanted to truly end the abuse of authority that has been going on in the past few years.

And so, we at NHELD would like to take this opportunity to publicly thank them, and all of the parents who assisted us this past year in trying to get legislative approval for SB162, An Act Concerning Withdrawal of Children from Enrollment in Public School, as well as amendments that contained the O'Neill/Children's Committee language. Although it was a valiant effort, sadly, the bill and the language we sought, was not adopted.

Below is listed the supporters of parental rights in CT - They co-sponsored amendments and signed their names onto bills. They deserve praise and thanks for their help and support of Rep. O'Neill's proposed bill - and we thank them all and hope that they will continue to support the effort to end the abuse of authority going that has been allowed to continue. If you are a constituent of theirs - please take the time to send them a note of thanks.


REP. O'NEILL, 69th Dist.
REP. LABRIOLA, 131st Dist.
REP. WITKOS, 17th Dist.
REP. ROWE, 123rd Dist.
REP. FREY, 111th Dist.
REP. GIULIANO, 23rd Dist.
REP. RUWET, 65th Dist.
REP. MILLER, 122nd Dist.
REP. ZALASKI, 81st Dist.
REP. BARTLETT, 2nd Dist.
REP. WILBER, 63rd Dist.
REP. JARMOC, 59th Dist.
REP. HEINRICH, 101st Dist.
REP. SCHOFIELD, 16th Dist.
REP. MCMAHON, 15th Dist.
REP. ROY, 119th Dist.
REP. WIDLITZ, 98th Dist.
REP. RITTER, 38th Dist.
REP. HENNESSY, 127th Dist.
REP. CANDELORA, 86th Dist.
REP. HARKINS, 120th Dist.
REP. PISCOPO, 76th Dist.
REP. STRIPP, 135th Dist.
REP. JOHNSTON, 51st Dist.
REP. FAHRBACH, 61st Dist.
REP. MIOLI, 136th Dist.


SEN. MCKINNEY, 28th Dist.
SEN. FASANO, 34th Dist.
SEN. RORABACK, 30th Dist.
SEN. CALIGIURI, 16th Dist.
SEN. CAPPIELLO, 24th Dist.
SEN. FREEDMAN, 26th Dist.
SEN. HERLIHY, 8th Dist.
SEN. KANE, 32nd Dist.
SEN. KISSEL, 7th Dist.
SEN. RUSSO, 22nd Dist

Co-Signers to SB162

Sen. Edith G. Prague, 19th Dist.
Rep. Vincent J. Candelora, 86th Dist.
Rep. Arthur J. O'Neill, 69th Dist.
Rep. Pamela Z. Sawyer, 55th Dist.
Rep. Richard F. Ferrari, 62nd Dist.
Rep. Ruth C. Fahrbach, 61st Dist.
Rep. Al Adinolfi, 103rd Dist.
Sen. Robert J. Kane, 32nd Dist.
Rep. Patricia M. Widlitz, 98th Dist.
Rep. Anne L. Ruwet, 65th Dist.
Rep. Richard Roy, 119th Dist.
Rep. Lawrence G. Miller, 122nd Dist.
Rep. Elizabeth B. Ritter, 38th Dist.
Rep. Shawn T. Johnston, 51st Dist.
Rep. Deborah W. Heinrich, 101st Dist.
Rep. Anthony J. D'Amelio, 71st Dist.
Rep. Jason W. Bartlett, 2nd Dist.
Rep. Ron Burns, 77th Dist.
Rep. Ed Jutila, 37th Dist.
Sen. Joan V. Hartley, 15th Dist.
Rep. Mike Alberts, 50th Dist.
Rep. David Aldarondo, 75th Dist.
Sen. Andrea L. Stillman, 20th Dist.
Rep. Karen Jarmoc, 59th Dist.
Rep. Kathleen M. Tallarita, 58th Dist.
Sen. Edward Meyer, 12th Dist.
Sen. Sam S.F. Caligiuri, 16th Dist.
Rep. Jack F. Hennessy, 127th Dist.
Rep. Peggy Sayers, 60th Dist.
Rep. Joan A. Lewis, 8th Dist.
Sen. Judith G. Freedman, 26th Dist.
Sen. Gayle S. Slossberg, 14th Dist

We also thank those who supported Rep. O'Neill and CT parents in this effort, but did not specifically sign onto this bill or amendments that would have put the bill's language in place.

You can read the entire legislative wrap up for the proposed Withdrawal bill, SB162, which would have strengthened parental rights in CT, as our summary of the session and what happened with this bill is posted on the National Home Education Legal Defense website. Further Background on the issues surrounding SB162 can be found in our update on the NHELD website and on NHELD's CT Clearinghouse page.

This is all we wanted and this is what should have been inserted in CGS 10-220 (The Duties of Boards of Education)

"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, to the superintendent of schools for the school district in which such school is located or the local or regional board of education for such school district, written notice originated by and signed by the parent or guardian of the 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, the superintendent and 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 is nothing new: Parents have always had this right.