Susan Ryan (usually at Corn and Oil) reports at Illinois Review on an article explaining that picking up all kids outside during the day is justified.
The cities and towns are doing their job for them. The schools have the names, addresses and phone numbers of truant students, but the city will have to check with them or homeschooling parents to make sure theyâ€™re picking up the right kids. Because either way, at the least, this infringement on freedom will require ALL the kids be stopped and questioned.
The verdict is guilty before being proven innocent.
Original article: Council stands by truancy ordinance — Home-school parents voice concerns, 28 November 2007, Lincoln Courier, Lincoln, Illinois
A group of parents who home-school their children found little support Tuesday for the changes they want in a truancy ordinance pending before the Lincoln City Council.
“You told me (previously) you had two minor things” to be changed, Neitzel told Brian Messner, one of about a dozen parents who attended a city council ordinance committee meeting. “You’ve redone the whole thing.”
Bates said the home-school faction’s suggested changes would “seriously dilute the intention of the ordinance” and also dilute the definition of a truant.
In their version of the ordinance, the parents removed the word “student” several times and replaced it with “truant.”
Bates said he is especially concerned with the home-school parents’ desire to change the definition of a truant. All students – including those who are home-schooled and those enrolled in public or private schools – “are all subject to compulsory attendance,” Bates said.
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