Ohio Senator Proposes Dramatic Restrictions on Homeschoolers


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Commonly-displayed artist’s rendering of the 1996 Great Seal of Ohio. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

PURCELLVILLE, Va., Dec. 18, 2013 /Christian Newswire/ — Senate Bill 248 introduced by Ohio State Senator Capri Cafaro has suddenly become a frontline in the battle over homeschooling
freedom. Offered as a response to the tragic death of Teddy
Foltz-Tedesco, caused by abuse in January 2013, the bill focuses on
imposing dramatic new measures on homeschooling parents.

The bill
subjects any prospective homeschooling parent to a wide-ranging social
services investigation. Social workers would have to interview parents
and children separately, conduct

background checks
and determine whether homeschooling is recommended or not. If it is not
recommended, parents would have to submit to an “intervention” before
further consideration of their request to homeschool.

But there
is no direct link between Teddy being homeschooled and his abuse.
Virtually every news report on the case indicate that neighbors, family,
police, public school teachers, and others knew about the abuse for
years. HSLDA Attorney for Ohio Member Affairs
Michael Donnelly points out the tragic failure of those responsible to
protect Teddy from known abuse and said, “SB 248 is pursuing the wrong
strategy for addressing underlying problems that led to Teddy’s tragic
death.”

“This bill does not solve the failure of government
agents to act in the face of known abuse in this case,” Donnelly
continued. “Police, teachers and social workers apparently knew Teddy
had been abused for years — why wasn’t something done?  Instead of
focusing on and fixing these failures, Senator Cafaros’ misguided bill
violates fundamental American values — parents have a fundamental right
to direct their children’s education without unwarranted government
interference and citizens are presumed innocent until proven guilty.”

Donnelly
suggests that the bill would further stretch scarce social services
resources — increasing the load on social workers by requiring them to
investigate all families who want to homeschool rather than focusing
resources on parents actually suspected of child abuse.

HSLDA
condemns child abuse and is saddened by Teddy’s death.  HSLDA supports
the prosecution of child abusers like Bush and the improvement of
systems that prevent child abuse.  SB 248 is however a step in the wrong
direction.

HSLDA has requested members contact the bill’s sponsors to ask them to withdraw Senate Bill 248.  A misguided attack on homeschooling in Ohio may be a precursor to more general attempts to impose similar restrictions in other states.

To learn more go to www.hslda.org/oh and click on the bill page for SB 248.

Home School Legal
Defense Association is a nonprofit advocacy organization established to
defend and advance the constitutional right of parents to direct the
education of their children and to protect family freedoms.  Visit us
online at
www.HSLDA.org.

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About Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield

Bi-vocational minister who is Founder and Editor of FaithInspires.Org As seen in Google News, SelfGrowth.Com, ChristianHeadlines.com etc.

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