More Trouble Ahead for CT Homeschoolers

It looks like CT homeschoolers are going to have more trouble ahead. Last year their Education Commissioner was replaced with a man from Massachusetts. Interestingly enough, last year was when CT homeschoolers were getting lots of harrassment from DCF. This is not a coincidence.

There is cause for concern since MA has more restrictive laws on homeschooling than CT does and the new Commissioner would like more oversight in CT. Judy Aron has the transcript on her blog, but I do want to highlight this statement:

I think the only obligation that the state has in this regard is to make certain that the the quality of the program is in place and that a plan is in place so that the parents um actually do what they say they will do and it’s in instances when they don’t uh that we have to be worried that in fact uh there’s not the
adequate education being provided to the student…”

Why doesn’t he apply this same criteria to his schools? What’s the recourse for public schooled parents when the schools have proven that they are not providing adequate education for the students, as evidenced by the latest test results?

It doesn’t matter why people choose to homeschool but there is one common denominator that officials do not seem to understand:

If parents wanted the public school system to have oversight of their child’s education, their children would be in the public schools. It’s really not that hard a concept to grasp.

I guess we can’t expect much from a state that has D’s and F’s on their mastery skills, can we?

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Judy Aron
    Aug 23, 2007 @ 02:25:18

    “If parents wanted the public school system to have oversight of their child’s education, their children would be in the public schools. It’s really not that hard a concept to grasp.”

    Bravo! I LOVE IT !!

    I may just quote you!!!

    Reply

  2. Karl Jackson
    Aug 23, 2007 @ 07:09:31

    Yes, I agree. I try to help as many children as I possibly can to learn to read with Learn Phonics Will Read.

    Reply

  3. abrianna
    Aug 24, 2007 @ 08:06:12

    Judy,

    I’m flattered you want to quote me! Go right ahead!

    Reply

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