More of a Victory

The Texas Supreme Court ruled that CPS was wrong to take the FLDS children away from the parents.

In its brief opinion, the court decided by a six-to-three justice majority that “we are not inclined to disturb the Court of Appeals’ decision. On the record before us, removal of the children was not warranted.”

That is a good majority and I am quite pleased that this court saw that what CPS did was unlawful. However there are still some battles to be won. Judge Walther does have to rescind her temporary custody order, but she can stipulate that other things need to be done. So the children will be returned (I hope) but tje judge gets to dictate what they can do. Yes families will be reunited, but will still be under state control.

I say I hope the children will be returned because :

The Department cannot scatter hundreds of children — including infants and toddlers — to the four winds and then complain that it cannot put the pieces of the puzzle back together again,” they said in a court filing.”

I can see CPS using the above argument to stall returning the children-“we don’t know where they all are” and using that to keep children in their care indefinitely. Seeing all the shenanigans they’ve put forth so far, this trick would be right up their alley.

And CPS is still continuing it’s song and dance that they can’t return children because they don’t know who belongs where. An argument again refuted by attorneys for FLDS showing that last week children were indeed returned to mothers without the DNA testing at hand.

And the article even admits:

It is not yet clear how soon the children will walk out of shelters across the state. “
I’m also concerned because of this article that says Texas wants these children in summer school.

The raid on the YFZ Ranch in Eldorado brought an abrupt end to the school year for many of the youngest members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Texas. Nearly two months later, education offered to the more than 400 children in state custody depends on where they were sent.”

This is what’s known as crisis-response-resolution. The state created the crisis of interrupting the school year. Their response is to test the children for placement, but hogtie the agencies that are doing the testing, and then the state can come in with their solution-summer school.

More from the article:

The kids are not expected to enroll in a traditional public school but to be essentially “home-schooled” by teachers on site.”

At least they put home-schooled in quotes, since later on the article says teachers will be assigned/hired to teach the children. I’m going to assume that these are public school teachers-so the children will be publicly schooled-not homeschooled.

When it comes to homeschooling that seed of doubt must always be planted:

Districts have told the state that many of the children are on grade level in core subjects, though some shelters report some children need catching up. “

Go into any public school and you will find the same thing-some children on grade level and some will need catching up. The way this is reported it is another insinuation that the FLDS people are liars and can’t educate their children up to whatever standards the state thinks are correct.

Remember what I said in the first part of this post -that even though families are supposed to be reunited, the state can and will dictate to them what they can do? One of those things will most likely be no homeschooling and I’m sure there will be some restrictions about religion put on them too.

We’ll have to wait and see.

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  1. gracesong815
    May 29, 2008 @ 17:34:12

    Great post! I was watching a report on TV today that basically argued whether or not the children were in danger at the compound. Unfortunately, I haven’t read up on the lives of the people within the compound to make an intelligent decision on that yet. However, over and over, the host of the show was talking about the “disgusting” pictures that were revealed yesterday of Jeff Warren “lip-locked” with twelve-year-old girls. The focus seemed to be more on the fact that these children should be removed from the compound because the polygamous lifestyle is and was putting them in an at-risk situation. They even insinuated at one point that everyone in the compound, mothers included, must’ve been brainwashed.
    This reminds me all too well of the Branch davidians and the Wako Texas disaster…
    Not to go off-topic, but what gives our federal government the right to say that polygamy is illegal? Upon which Constitutional concept is that built?


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