Billings Gazette, Billings, Montana, 20 February 2007, Halt mandatory ed, lawmaker says
Rep. Rick Jore, of Ronan, told the House Education Committee Monday that current law, which mandates all children ages 7 to at least 16 attend some type of school, presupposes that the state has the final say in a child’s education.
“Parents are the final authority when it comes to the education of their children,” Jore said.
John Taylor Gatto is mentioned in the article, and he was countered by a deputy superintendent who said that, “The right to an education belongs to a child,” …
At roughly the same Jore’s bill was being heard, more home-school advocates were in a Senate committee fighting off a plan to require home-schooled children to be registered with the local school superintendent. The measure was quickly tabled after the debate.
An illuminating statement on “accountability” was made by a state senator from Great Falls.
“We will have some accountability for the whereabouts of every school-aged child in Montana,” Ryan said.
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