Posted By LambChop
Ohio State Senator Capri Cafaro proposed a law (SB 248) that requires every homeschooling parent to be investigated and approved by social services agencies before they would be allowed to teach. Social workers would interview each family member separately (similar to how an abuse investigation is conducted) and the parents would also be subject to an “intervention” if homeschooling is not recommended.
State Sen. Cafaro proposed the law in response to the death of an abused 14 year old who attended public school and was homeschooled. Of course how homeschooling relates to abuse is unknown in this instance as the abuse of this child in question began while he was still in public school. Signs of abuse of the child were ignored for years by family members, teachers and even police.
The Home School Legal Defense Association calls the bill sponsored by the “worst-ever homeschool law proposed.”
The bill does not address how social workers are in any qualified to make educational decisions for families, or how rampant child abuse would be prevented by this misguided law. It is however an obvious state attempt to restrict and even punish potential homeschoolers – a current national trend by progressives who try to squelch parents’ influence on their own children and continue to promote a liberal statist ideology that children belong to the public schools.