In Connecticut, schools have reported the parents of some homeschooled children to the Department of Children and Families for withdrawing their children from school. Judy, at Consent of the Governed, gives details:
Parents who have had it with the school system and then attempt to withdraw their children – even after filing Notice of Intent forms or writing a letter to withdraw their children from school, are being reported to DCF on trumped up charges of educational neglect as well as other claims in order to prevent them from homeschooling.
2 June 2007: CT legislators attempt to help homeschoolers
The following State Representatives attempted to offer up an amendment to help homeschoolers with the withdrawal issue and subsequent DCF problems on May 31, by offering up an amendment on SB 1094 An Act Concerning School Bullying.
You will hear from Isabelle Hall-Gustafson, whose husband is on military deployment overseas. She is a mother who was reported by her school district to DCF for educational and medical neglect after the school, itself, chose to ignore doctors’ notes and a medical plan for the child, only to call the child truant and the mother neglectful. You’ll also hear from another mother, Christine Canfield, who provided doctors’ notes for absences for her daughter, only to be told that wasn’t good enough, that she had to sign medical releases so the school could know more and talk privately to the child’s doctors. When that Mom said, “No,” the public school reported her to DCF, and DCF substantiated her for neglect. Other parents will talk about their experiences as well
A local television station picked up the news:
Parents: Home-School Laws Need Change, 6 June 2007, Eyewitness News, WFSB, Hartford, Connecticut
Channel 3 Eyewitness News reporter Irene O’Connor reported the law is pretty clear in Connecticut: Parents have to educate their children. But there’s no clear criteria for what parents have to do for home-schooling.
“The recommendation is that you file a notice of intent to withdraw your child from school, it’s very vague and the state Department of Education has interpreted it many different ways,” Christine Canfield said.
Connecticut Network, Media on Demand: CNB on State Home Schooling Policies
dial-up warning: 36-minute video, please allow for download time
note at site: “DISCLAIMER: Please note, due to server space limitations, CT-N.com cannot guarantee that all programming will be made available as On-demand files. Additionally, this means that On-demand files will only remain available for a finite duration.”
I presume that a “finite duration” translates to a “short time.”
posted by Valerie