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Some families are simply trying to hide abuse and keep kids wholly under their control. In others, the abuse and the homeschooling stem from the same rigid religious ideology.

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JL A (281)
Friday September 20, 2013, 7:31 pm
CA requires homeschooling be under the supervision of a credentialed teacher--so parents without credentials must be supervised by a licensed home school agency or qualified teacher (that at least have background checks done on them).

Kit B (276)
Friday September 20, 2013, 7:34 pm

I have known about this as do most teachers and it is one of many concerns about home schooling. Another in the many problems of intermingling religion and government. When people are following these extreme religions that call for beating children, the children have no way of getting help, the others in the group condone the parents brutal behavior, something they too may be practicing. Children should grow up loved, cherished, nurtured and educated, these numerous bizarre religions interfere with that.
Thanks Carrie

Kit B (276)
Friday September 20, 2013, 7:46 pm

I just read what J L posted and found many sites for information on home schooling in Texas. This really bothered me in light of this article Carrie submitted.

CPS Policy 15230 Exceptions to Standard School Options directs caseworkers to
enroll children and youth in DFPS conservatorship into local neighborhood
schools. Local neighborhood public schools can provide students with standard
statewide curriculum, assessments, intervention strategies to address academic
and behavior issues, as well as provide services to support special education
needs and accommodations under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.

■ Reports involving the abuse or neglect of home-schooled children are
assessed based on the same criteria and intake guidelines as any other
CPS report. The practice of home schooling is not a sole factor in
investigating reports for child abuse or neglect.

■ Home schools are not subject to inspection, monitoring, or regulation by
the Texas Education Agency or by local school districts. (See 4491
Reports of Abuse or Neglect That Involve Home Schooling-SWI Policy
and Procedures December 2010)

■ State law allows parents to choose to educate their child outside of the
public school system. Home schooling can take many forms, including
participation in a home school co-operative, enrollment in a computerbased
or online instruction, or blended instruction with public or private

Unless someone observers and reports abuse it will not be known or investigated.

*Letter from Commissioner Neeley to Senator Barrientos clarifying her position that it is not the stateís responsibility to regulate home schools.
Too much is completely unregulated and unmonitored, from vaccinations to proper health care and diet, safety for the children, supervision of curriculum guidelines, follow up and guidance of proper teaching methods.

If a mother has not studied mathematics, how will she teach that?

JL A (281)
Friday September 20, 2013, 7:53 pm

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California Homeschooling Requirements

California Homeschooling Requirements
By Lani Thompson, eHow Contributor

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Homeschooling groups can help parents comply with the law.

Homeschooling is legal in California, but you have to follow the law. Parents who choose to teach their children at home must follow state requirements for private schools. Fortunately, several homeschooling groups exist to help families make sure they comply with California state requirements. The three main groups are California Homeschool Network, Homeschool Association of California and Christian Home Educators.
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Parents have four options to homeschool in California. They can establish a home-based private school, enroll in a private or a public school that offers independent study, or employ a tutor who holds a valid teaching certificate. An in-depth look at each option can be found in a publication called ďJust the Facts,Ē which is available through the California Homeschool Network.
Children between six and 18 must attend school in California.

Children between the ages of six and 18 are required to attend school full-time. If a tutor is being used, heís required to teach for a minimum of three hours a day, 175 days per school year, Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. However, if the child is attending a private school, these minimums donít apply.

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Course of Study

Private schools and independent study programs offered by public schools have their own educational requirements; however, parents who set up a private school in their own home make their own decisions about curriculum. California mandates that in grades one through six, instruction must be offered in English, math, social sciences, science, fine arts, health and physical education. In addition, grades seven through 12 must offer foreign language, applied arts, vocational education and driverís education. Parents are free to use whatever materials and methods they think best.
Withdrawing Students

Parents must formally withdraw their children from their previous school before they start homeschooling them. If they donít, their children will be considered absent or truant, and the family will probably be contacted by an attendance officer. The notification can be written or by phone. If a child has never been enrolled in another school, no notification is necessary.
Student Records
School records must be updated each year.

Schools are required to keep a file for each student. The file should contain the studentís legal name, date and place of birth, verification of birth date, sex, name and address of the parent, entering and leaving date of each school year, subjects taken each year, grades and/or credits towards high school graduation, date of high school graduation, health and immunization records. Health Form PM286 and Form PM 171A must be on file. Records must be updated each year. When a student transfers to a new school, schools are required to transmit a copy of their permanent record upon request. Homeschool parents should contact their childís prior school and request their childís records.
Private School Affidavit

California requires private schools to fill out a private school affidavit every year between October 1 and October 15. The California State Department of Education posts a copy of the affidavit online around the middle of September. If a parent needs a paper copy, they should make a written request no earlier than August 25 of each year.
The fingerprinting requirement doesn't apply to parents teaching their own children.

California Educational Code 44237, section 4 requires teachers to be fingerprinted. However, this requirement doesnít apply to a parent whoís only working with his own children.

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Gloria picchetti (304)
Friday September 20, 2013, 10:21 pm
There has to be guidelines and regulation. I only know one family that home schooled on of their three children. The parents were really qualified to teach and it worked.

Past Member (0)
Friday September 20, 2013, 10:36 pm
I know of one person who wants to home school and I think it is a terrible idea. Socialization is a major part of maturation and, unless the child is bullied, too ill to attend regular school, or is in danger at the local school, then I believe it is best for the child to experience social situations with their peers. How sad it is that some wish to go through life shunning the wonders of diverse beliefs and friendship of the heart, and who will foist this negativity on their children.

cynthia l (207)
Friday September 20, 2013, 10:54 pm
A heart breaking story. I have no doubt that this is the case with many homeschooled families.
I don't like home schooling since children do not get to socialize and see the bigger picture of the world. Their view is very narrow

Past Member (0)
Saturday September 21, 2013, 4:25 am

Birgit W (160)
Saturday September 21, 2013, 5:58 am
Very good article. I very often do not agree with our school system but home schooling can indeed make abusive situations worse, allowing parents to hide their crimes and denying kids access to outside authority. Kids need to socialize, and they certainly need to be protected from all fanatic and abusive parents.

Pat Coyner (0)
Saturday September 21, 2013, 7:40 am
My son was an only child and needed a regular school environment for social interactions. My best friend homeschooled, had no teaching abilities, patience, ability to set up a routine, and her children suffered greatly.

Joanne D (38)
Saturday September 21, 2013, 7:49 am
I am with Heidi and Cynthia, and would add that it's ALL sinister, with those few exceptions noted. The minute you have parents taking the stand "I don't want the gummint telling my kids what to think" (as if schools had time for that), you have a recipe for a divided electorate. Does this sound familiar to anyone?

. (0)
Saturday September 21, 2013, 12:08 pm
Very interesting, Carrie. Thanks for sharing.

Mitchell D (87)
Saturday September 21, 2013, 2:00 pm
My system did not hold onto the story for long, but what I saw, about the girl's murder, was enough.
Here, in New jersey, when a child is taken out of school, for home schooling, she/he virtually disappears from sight.
My grandson, for whom the Cream Ridge school system failed, with one too many teachers not willing to make any extra effort on his behalf (has Asperger's) has been home schooled, by my daughter for some years,now. They are involved with a Home Schooling group, get syllabuses, and she is a great teacher, could have been a teacher by profession had she not chosen to stop her education after college, and raise her son, f/t.
Still, generally, I think that home schooling to keep kids away from the "gom'n't, and/or for keep them from an education that might threaten to enlarge their perspective beyond some narrow, obsessive, religious point of view, is, in my view, a form of abuse.

Iona Kentwell (129)
Saturday September 21, 2013, 4:31 pm
I am definitely an advocate for homeschooling but I am also most definitely an advocate for child rights. I believe that there is a way to run homeschooling that ensures the well being of the children involved. Here in Australia we have a very strong home schooling community with activities organised every day for those who wish to join in, this gives kids and teachers an opportunity to socialize, broaden their experiences and broaden their learning. To address the socializing issue, there are many other opportunities to socialize than just at school, including neighborhood friends, sport clubs/ classes, other extracurricular activities as well as normal family activities. Obviously if a child is not involved in any formal group such as school or sport it is harder to monitor them on a regular basis to ensure their safety and well being and that needs to be managed. Perhaps a regular health check by a GP combined with unannounced visits by social workers. I looked at home schooling my youngest and I wouldn't have objected to these measures at all.
I know that some homeschooling families are members of extreme groups, but many are families who love their children deeply and wish to offer them more than our mass education approach can manage while giving them a validating and exciting education and life experience.

Sheila D (194)
Saturday September 21, 2013, 6:22 pm these religious fanatics can get away with this I don't understand. This isn't the first instance of abuse wrapped in religion and sadly it won't be the last. There needs to be supervision of every child homeschooled.

Lindsey O (19)
Saturday September 21, 2013, 7:11 pm
Unfortunately there are too many really horrible parents out there.

Homeschooling can work well for some students but many parents simply aren't capable of being good and effective teachers (good teaching is a talent and one that many don't have). I think it's just a matter of looking at each child's situation individually.

Lois Jordan (63)
Saturday September 21, 2013, 7:29 pm
While I understand that homeschooling may be a ground rife for abuse, there are some cases where it is preferred. One of my kids sailed through his K-6 school very well---academically, and had good friends there. When he switched to middle school in a different district, he no longer had the support of friends, and was bullied. Administration there listened to us, and promised attention, but failed. He was so miserable, and having a terrible time academically, so we pulled him out and homeschooled. He's now a well-adjusted young adult with a part time job and taking classes at the local community college.
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