Homeschoolers Oppose School Choice And School Vouchers Bills Passed By Republicans

February 28th, 2017

In a surprising turn of events, Texas parents who home-school their children are opposing a bill on school choice that was submitted by a Republican in Congress. A school voucher bill filed in the Senate is also drawing strong criticisms. These parents are wary about its eventual implications to homeschooling, should the bills get passed.

According to Texas Tribune, many did not expect home-schooled families to be on the same side as those who oppose a new school choice bill in Texas’ Congress given that homeschooling is all about choices for families. These parents say, however, they are worried school choice laws could eventually encroach on their freedom as the government might include textbook and curriculum regulations that won’t differentiate the two different systems.

State Sen. Larry Taylor filed Senate Bill 3 at the end of January. “This legislation will level the playing field for Texas parents who are desperate for more choices but are limited because of their financial resources,” he said in a press release.

Under Taylor’s proposal, two programs will be established to subsidize tuition fees for both private school choice and homeschooling. One of these programs will be open to all families, regardless of their income.

Therein lies the problem, however, as the lines drawn become unclear. “If it’s state-funded and state-approved materials, it’s not homeschooling,” mom Nicki Truesdell of the Texans for Homeschool Freedom said. What’s complicating the situation is that in Truesdell’s rural area, choices are already lacking, which could further make the distinctions less clear for families wanting to homeschool.

Meanwhile, Republican Iowa Rep. Steve King’s proposal for school vouchers has also been opposed by homeschoolers. Just like in Texas, parents worry over potential regulations that will be imposed, should HR 610 be passed into a law.

Only, King wants this to become a federal law to encompass all homeschooling system across America and homeschoolers are strongly saying no. “Federal legislation to ‘protect’ homeschooling is unnecessary,” William Estrada of the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA), according to Breitbart. King’s team has been reaching out to homeschooling parents but efforts to dialogue have failed.

Are you in favor of imposing more regulations on homeschoolers? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below!

If You Live In NYC, Send This Letter

December 13th, 2016

A really sad story from the HSLDA. http://www.hslda.org/hs/state/ny/201612052.asp

The most important things you need to know:

“Rather than follow the clear direction of New York’s regulation governing homeschooling, these defendants regularly make demands not included in the regulation and fail to follow the deadlines imposed on them by the regulation,” the complaint says.

“This routine, repeated bureaucratic indifference to the rights of parents to choose homeschooling has led to significant delays and loss of services, and has caused false reports of educational neglect to be made to the New York City Administration of Children’s Services … which have then caused needless, intrusive investigations of innocent parents.”

The case was filed against New York City for what was described as “systematic mistreatment” of homeschooling families.

The problem could be fixed simply by having the city follow the state’s requirements, the complaint argues.

In most jurisdictions, it is a crime to provide false information to law enforcement personnel if the person providing such information knows or should have known it is incorrect. Properly filed paperwork is prima facie evidence that the school administration should have known the children were in compliance with the law. Perhaps if a few criminal complaints were filed against the school administrators for providing false information to those responsible for enforcing truancy law, they might get with the program.

I think they are pissed off that parents actually don’t want their kids indoctrinated with the leftist, progressive agenda that is taught in New York schools. One has to understand that New York City is afraid that the homeschoolers will actually get an education, unlike the public school system in which “Core” is dumbing down every kid in America. ‘CORE’ is another word for least common denominator.

This is the letter you need to be sending out:

New York City Department of Education,

It has come to my attention that in 2016, over two-dozen families were threatened with an investigation by the Administration for Children’s Services for “educational neglect” for failing to notify you of their decision to homeschool. However, these families sent you their notification through certified mail and received a receipt.

Losing one or two notices sent through certified mail may simply be a mistake. But losing two dozens notices appears malicious to the outsider.

The Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) has recently filed a lawsuit against you for “systematic mistreatment” of families who choose to home educate. HSLDA stated, “New York City’s homeschool infrastructure is archaic and creates unnecessary burdens for homeschooling families, school officials, and social workers.”

The liberty to educate your child as you see fit is fundamental to American freedom. Further, over the last several decades, we have seen home-schooled graduates far outperform their publicly educated peers. In addition, home schooled graduates have strong relationships with other such students—and more importantly, extremely strong relationships with family members.

I agree with HSLDA and ask that you take action on this immediately before you are forced to comply by the courts. Don’t discriminate against homeschool families!

Sincerely,
[Your Name]

Thank goodness we do not live in NYC. We home-schooled two of our children, several years ago, and we had no issues with the local school district (Naperville). Of course, they tried to discourage us but once we filed the necessary paperwork they left us alone.

Some children do not fit into or conform to the “mass education process–one way for all” and need the freedom to learn at their own pace and in a way more challenging and suitable to their mental capabilities. It certainly worked for us as they both obtained their diplomas with high grades and one went on to U of Illinois to obtain his Bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering and Masters in Engineering Mechanics with Very High Honors.

Public schooling is okay for basic education, but tends to stifle creativity which can lead to boredom and disciplinary problems. We need to do more to support and promote homeschooling and also get the government out of education with it excessive regulations and everyone must be the same attitude.

It has been a CRAZY few weeks of news

November 28th, 2016

Okay, where do I even start off? It seems like homeschooling and education have been in the news non stop for days on end.

So, rewind a while back to right after Trump is appointed. This article was all over Facebook nonstop. Trump mentions homeschoolers in first 100 days.

Then Canada hops onto the scene! 19 Year Old Homeschool Alum Elected to Parliament – saw this on a Forum I browse sometimes.

Then, start the speculation on Edu Sec. Falwell meets with Trump to talk education. People FREAK out about this. And literally two days later, Trump picks Betsy DeVos for education secretary post.

Now, get ready for the media hell storm.

Trump’s New Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos a Strong Supporter of Homeschooling.

Trump’s Education Secretary Choice Is A Blow To Our Nation’s Science Health.

What Trump’s Pick For Education Secretary Spells For School Policy – NPR.

And then get this, Falwell comes out a few hours ago and says this:

Falwell says Trump Offered Him Education Secretary Job.

A pretty crazy past few weeks of politics and I’m happy to say that we all survived, safe and sound.

That is the thing about politics. We freak out about things. And at the end of the day, we have very little control. Our lives will go on. Time can only tell what will happen. I’ve learned to read the news, and then get back to my life. My blood pressure doesn’t rise. I don’t worry and fret.

I’ll leave it up to the Lord, and go about my business

Restoring Education Funding, Homestead Exemption Are Priorities of Jones County’s David Gault

October 19th, 2016

I wrote this opinion piece as a journal of sorts back in 2010. The election is making me think back to politics. It’s funny how things change. Reading this is like looking back through a time machine. I thought I would post it even though its a little outdated.

GA-125: Restoring Education Funding, Homestead Exemption Are Priorities of Jones County’s David Gault

I agree with Peanut Politics’ Keith McCants when he concluded that the House District 125 race is one of twenty Georgia House races to watch this fall.

The House District 125 race hasn’t received the type of headlines that the governor’s race has garnered. However, Democrats are in a position to turn this district ‘blue’.

Longtime Jones County Commissioner David Gault relinquished his position earlier this year, and decided to run for a seat in the Georgia State Legislature.

According to his campaign website, Gault offered why he decided to run for office.

“I qualified for election to serve this district in the Georgia Legislature because too many things have happened in State Government that really disturbed me during these last 4 years. Some of these more notable blunders include the state’s cancellation of the Homestead Exemption. This action has resulted in transferring a major portion of government service costs to the property owners of this state.”

Gault also cites “the dramatic cuts in education funding, which have all been blamed on the economic downturn” by the Republican-dominated General Assembly and their decisions to furlough teachers show ” the overall misdirection of the state’s funding priorities”.

District 125 is a four county area that includes most of Jones, half of Monroe, some of Lamar and all of Jasper County.

The largest cities in the district include majority African-American county seats such as Barnesville, Forsyth and Monticello.

Gault’s opponent will be former Republican mayor of Monticello, Susan Holmes.

Holmes has achieved acclaim as past president of the Georgia Municipal Association and other political titles via Sonny Perdue.

However, Jasper County’s Monticello News and the Macon Telegraph had reported on the variety of events that involved mismanagement of funds dating back to 2004.

Back in February 2004, Wayne Crenshaw of the Macon Telegraph and News had written a story entitled Monticello faces a ban on block grants.

Monticello, Jasper County’s largest city will definitely be a battleground in the House District 125 race and Gault has an opportunity to appeal to progressive and independent voters who may be frustrated with Holmes’ conservative leadership during her twelve-year tenure as mayor.

After Holmes left office, former two-term Monticello City Councilman Glenn Newsome was elected mayor in a November 2007 election.

Most of the financial problems that had existed during Holmes’ administration continued with Newsome.
In a story that garnered national headlines from CNN, the Monticello City Council voted 3-2 in February to disband the Monticello Police Department.

According to the Monticello NewsMayor Pro Tem Russell Gross made the motion to reduce the police department from 15 positions to five positions (four officers and one office staff) effective March 1, and to make the necessary layoffs in the order of seniority and to phase out the entire police department by July 1. The action came at a called meeting in February.

The motion was seconded by Councilwomen Katherine Alexander. The motion passed on a 3-2 vote with Councilman Bobby Jacobs, Mr. Gross and Mrs. Alexander voting in favor and Councilwoman Molly Pompey and Councilman Bryan Standifer voting against.

Juanita Davis, President of the local chapter of the NAACP told the Council they had dealt a great disservice to the community by disbanding the police force and that no consideration was given by them before taking this action.

Monticello may be Susan Holmes’ hometown and turf, but Jasper County is hurting right now economically and the phasing out of the local police department has some Monticello citizens trying to find new leadership.

David Gault has an opportunity to fill that leadership void in House District 125.

 

 

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