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Ohio Lawmakers Want Social Workers to Have Veto Power Over Decision to Homeschool

Parents would have to submit to background checks and interrogations.

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Paula Bolyard

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December 18, 2013 - 5:00 am
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If a bill introduced by four Democrats in the Ohio Senate last week becomes law, it would be the most radical homeschooling law in the country, stripping parents of their constitutionally guaranteed right to direct the education of their children and requiring interrogations by social workers before homeschooling is permitted. Home School Legal Defense Association’s Michael Donnelly said SB 248 is “breathtakingly onerous in its scope” and called it the “worst-ever” homeschool law that has been proposed.

Sponsored by Capri Cafaro (D-Hubbard), SB 248 — Teddy’s Law —  was proffered in reaction to the very tragic death of Teddy Foltz-Tedesco in January 2013. Teddy and his 10-year-old twin brothers were abused by Zaryl Bush for at least five years while the boys’ mother, Shain Widdersheim, stood by and allowed the torture and beatings to continue. Teddy ultimately died from a severe beating by Bush, who was sentenced to 33 years to life for the murder while the mother received a sentence of 15 years for allowing the abuse.

Widdersheim had withdrawn the boys from school — allegedly teaching them at home — after teachers began to suspect abuse. Relatives and neighbors say they reported the abuse to the children services board (CSB) on repeated occasion but were rebuffed. Widdersheim’s sister was one of them. “We called, multiple times we did,” she said, sobbing. “They wouldn’t do anything. They told us we were lying.”

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Note there's no revamping the Government agency that ignored multiple reports and allowed a child to die via torture. The Government agencies employees are members of a Union that donates heavily to Democrats and so will escape anything other than superficial scrutiny.

The Democrats are simply using this failure of their employees, the useless Social Workers, to do their job as the pretense to attack private homeschooling at the behest of the Public Ed Employees Unions. "For The Children" is the usual excuse.

This is about maintaining the flow of Federal dollars that come with each child sitting in a chair in a Government school. If the kids are home schooled, the districts don't get the attendance money from the Feds. It is ALWAYS about money when it comes to Democrats and progressives.
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Yet another example of idiocy among politicians.

The social services screwed up. Warned repeatedly by many different people that these kids were in trouble, they ignored these kids. It would seem so obvious that heads should roll at the CPS, that serious reforms of the agency are desperately required. Investigations should be run determining how this was allowed to happen and to make sure that it is not currently happening to other kids. One would think they blame would fall squarely on their incompetent shoulders, but no.

Homeschoolers are being blamed instead.

And the solution is to give more power to the CPS. The stupidity of this solution is astonishing.
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It is simply amazing that the response to the criminal negligence of the Ohio child protection authorities, is to require all parents to submit to the capricious judgment of the Ohio child protection authorities.
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OK, now I am really confused. Because the Ohio social workers did not respond appropriately to complaints of child abuse, they will now do background investigations on all homeschooling parents to make sure children are safe when home schooled? Is this a silly decision, a stupid decision or an evil decision? Will they do investigations to see if kids "safe" at school are really being educated?
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This is so typical of the left. "How can we use this to expand our power over the people?
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“We called, multiple times we did,” she said, sobbing. “They wouldn’t do anything. They told us we were lying.”

So what is the problem?

a) home Schooling
b) too few social workers
c) Social Workers not doing their job
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Who wants to bet that owning firearms will be a condition that causes these pearl-clutching panty-wetters to label parents as "unfit to homeschool"?
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This was not a homeschooling problem, it was a crime against a child that was ignored by the people who had the power to stop it. New laws will not prevent abuse when the laws already on the books are not being enforced.

Precisely.

A numerous people have noted, this is a huge, deadly, FAIL on the part of the agencies who had the responsibility and ability to intervene BEFORE they were removed from the schools.

People need to be fired. Those who are left need to be retrained.

And based on the record, the public schools need to be monitored more closely.
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Why don't they just go ahead and cut to the chase? What they're really after here is reproductive rights and having the power to say either you are appropriate for "breeding" or you don't pass the background checks and interrogations so must remove yourself to the local clinic for spaying and/or neutering?
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"The proposed law would require parents desiring to homeschool or enroll their children in an online school (public or private) to pass a background check."

How long until they want to insist that every parent pass a background check.
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So let me understand this. These kids die because CPS was either too incompetant, or too busy, to investigate repeated reports of abuse. So what is the solution, give the CPS even more tasks, having to do a full background check on every homeschooler, to add to the already long list of tasks that CPS is not currently doing right. I suppose this makes some kind of sense to these idiot leftist dem legislators, but it sure doesn't to me.
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Madison in his “Remonstrance” warned if government magistrates extend their authority outside the “metes and bounds” of the people’s constitutional requirements these magistrates are tyrants and the people themselves are oppressed slaves.

In 1790, John Philpot Curran said, “It is the common fate of the indolent to see their rights become a prey to the active. The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance; which condition if he break, servitude is at once the consequence of his crime and the punishment of his guilt.” How do we become eternally vigilant? Plato writes in his Laws that men are the true guardians of the law, and they need a knowledge of them all. They must be able to illustrate and explain this knowledge in their speech and to adapt to it in their practice, and to discern the nature and division of good and evil. The God of Israel acknowledges the wisdom of being knowledgeable and active in the laws when He says in Deuteronomy 6.6-7 “… these words, which I command you today, shall be on your heart; and you shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise up. You shall bind them for a sign on your hand, and they shall be for frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the door posts of your house, and on your gates.” The people are failing at being vigilant over their laws because there is no system in place. Article VIII puts that system in place by institution the missing 4th branch of government - the Sabbath which is a weekly town hall meeting from review the laws of the land and magistrates who execute them. Read it: CHCAFE.WORDPRESS.com
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