Proposed homeschool restrictions draw criticism from across U.S., 5 June 2008, The Examiner, (via Google cache; please scroll down for article)
Calls from across the country have been flooding into the D.C. State Superintendent’s Office from families who are profoundly unhappy about the proposed restrictions on homeschooling.
The regulations have been a hot topic locally over the past four months, with education officials drafting multiple versions, forming a working group devoted to the rules, and setting several hearings to gauge public opinion.
Homeschoolers felt that the changes were a knee-jerk reaction to the tragic deaths of four D.C. children whose mother, Banita Jacks, has been charged with murder in the case.
“These regulations create situations where educational bureaucrats are violating the fundamental constitutional rights of parents, and are unnecessarily broad and difficult to manage,” Donnelly said. “[They] have breached the trust between the District’s government and its citizens.”
Maria Ibanez, a spokeswoman for the State Superintendent’s Office, said Board of Education members will vote on the rules in the middle of the month.
Mary Nix has links and images about the proposal at her new blog The Informed Parent.