I reported on a previous discussion about truancy and a daytime curfew Lincoln in December 2007.
Truancy debate to be revived, 15 January 2008, Lincoln Courier, Lincoln, Illinois
Heading into a meeting this evening with a city council committee, a group of parents who home-school their children is continuing its plea that a proposed city ordinance on truancy not be construed as “a daytime curfew.”
That point is raised in a letter Ron Denlinger sent …. Denlinger is a spokesman for the home-schoolers, …
Denlinger, who distributed copies of his letter to local news organizations, said he and the other parents realize that truancy issues need to be addressed.
The parents want an ordinance that is directed at chronic truants who have already been identified by Anderson’s office and local school officials. They do not want an ordinance that would allow city police and truancy officers to stop their home-school children during regular, public school hours.
Denlinger has said many parents who home-school their children do not follow the same hours of instruction as public schools. As a result, some home-school students might be running errands, such as shopping or walking pets during times when public school students are in class. The home-school parents are fearful their children would be harassed by authorities if the law reads like a daytime curfew.
The parents group is also against a requirement to register their home-schooled children with the regional superintendent’s office, Denlinger said. Likewise, the group is opposed to badges or IDs for their children that would identify them as home-schooled students.
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