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Mar 2, 2009

Public and private schools are increasingly requiring children to participate in group surveys that ask intrusive questions about private home life. These surveys are often a fishing expedition to find indicators of abuse.

The so-called indicators aren't what you'd expect them to be. Low income, no telephone, residence outside the city limits, more than three children, use of corporal punishment or grounding, both parents working, single parents, religious practices and other common things are seen as indicators of abuse and could generate a report to a child welfare agency.

By law, children may be excluded from these invasive surveys if the parents have a Hatch Letter on file with the school.
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The Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (The Hatch Amendment) to the General Education Provisions Act, which became effective November 12, 1984 allows parents to exclude their children from basically anything that isn't reading, writing or arithmetic.

The Hatch Amendment provides a procedure for filing complaints with the U.S. Department of Education and then withholding of federal funds for those in violation of the law.

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Posted: Monday March 2, 2009, 7:06 am
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CYNTHIA M. (14)
Monday March 2, 2009, 6:23 pm
Hello and Thank you for inviting me to this group. I live in California,and have seen the worst atrocities inflicted on families due to nosy neighbors with secrets to hide themselves,ex husbands exacting revenge for leaving them,and other horrible acts. There really does need to be something implemented to stop this from happening,and fast. All but one of my children are over the age of 18 now,so we are all safe from this sort of thing happening to us,but I can tell you that they get away with entirely too much,and often,only because of the ages of the couples being too far apart,or as stated above,single parent households,distance from school,and such. Let's all work together to bring about change in the laws governing them.

Geri M. (59)
Monday March 2, 2009, 6:39 pm
And it's not just the nosey neighbors. Our society has allowed people to use the system to get back at ex's, neighbors, friends and family for something unrelated to abuse or neglect. The Mandated Reporter Policy (I will not call it a law because it isn't) makes professionals call for anything then gives DCFS/CPS the power to decide if it is profitable to them and investigate. Meanwhile, actual perpetrators are abusing kids. The Government has cut funding for low-income and trippled it for Child Welfare. But you can't have access to this funding or help unless you're indicated for abuse or neglect. Parents are loosing their kids just because of poverty.
The Hatch Law is new to me this year. I never knew that my kids were asked about my income, home, ect at school and that these agencies can use this against the parent.

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