Since all the December letters (that I found) were from the Jackson Clarion Ledger, I would say that Superintendent Hank Bounds’s announcement about proposed homeschool legislation to control the “free rein” that homeschooling parents in Mississippi enjoy hit a nerve.
Jackson Clarion Ledger, Jackson, Mississippi, 24 December 2006, Home-schooling system is successful now
When kids who can’t even read are graduating from high school, it seems the public schools have serious shortcomings to overcome. State Superintendent of Education Hank Bounds and House Education Committee chairman Rep. Cecil Brown need to understand that government doesn’t always have to get involved in every aspect of our lives and that parents should have a “free rein” in constructive areas of their child’s life.
Jackson Clarion Ledger, Jackson, Mississippi, 24 December 2006, No more home-school regulations needed
State Superintendent of Education Hank Bounds insinuates in an article that he believes the majority of home-school parents are doing a good job teaching their children (“Home-school quandary: ” ‘Free rein’ concerns state ed chief,” Dec. 13). If so, then why create more regulations? Laws and regulations are for the majority of people to follow. And if most of the people are apparently already doing what they are supposed to, we need no new regulation.
Jackson Clarion Ledger, Jackson, Mississippi, 28 December 2006, Studies support homeschooling
With homeschooling providing high-quality academic and socialization results at a lower cost – the average per-student cost for homeschooling is $546 vs. $5,325 for public schools), The Clarion-Ledger should be promoting homeschooling rather than reinforcing ill-informed misconceptions.
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