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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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Sen. Cafaro said her bill would protect children like Teddy. ”The objective there is to make sure the child services agency has all the information on that family that is looking to home school that child and then they refer that ‘Yay’ or ‘Nay’ should this child be educated at home, and they pass that along to the superintendent of schools and the process goes from there,” said Cafaro.

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. [For the sake of simplicity I will use the term "homeschooling" to refer to both homeschooling and e-schooling as they both have the same requirements under this bill.] A finding that a parent or anyone else in the home had “a record or report of any investigation at any time” could result in denial of the right to homeschool. Note that the standard is not guilt, merely a “record or report of an investigation.” This could be from a vindictive ex-wife, a busybody neighbor who is concerned about seeing children in the yard during school hours, or simply someone at the grocery store who doesn’t approve of the way you scolded your irritable child.

In addition to the background check, the parent requesting “permission” to homeschool must submit to an interrogation interview by a “public children services agency.” The law would require children to be interviewed separately from their parents. Based upon the interview, the request for permission to homeschool could be denied if the social worker decides that home education would not be “in the best interest of the child.” According to ParentalRights.org, the “best interest” standard is a severe departure from American law. ”[E]xcept in cases where a parent has been proven to be “unfit,” American law presumes that the parent is acting in the best interests of the child, and defers to that parent’s decision.”

If parents (and children) manage to pass the background check and the initial interrogation, they will still need to pass two additional “interviews” during the school year until they can go four straight years without arousing the suspicions of social workers before they are free from the intrusive investigations.

In addition to the interrogations and the background checks, anyone in the home who pings the statewide automated child welfare information system must submit to an intervention program. The intervention would include behavioral counseling sessions and classes on “parenting, decision-making, personal or household finance, and homeschooling.” Oh, and also, “any other services the department and the state board determine to be necessary for the success of the program.” Participants will be assessed to “determine successful completion of the program.” That should effectively counteract most of that right-wing brainwashing.

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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.
49 weeks ago
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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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48 weeks ago
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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?
48 weeks ago
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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
49 weeks ago
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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"?
49 weeks ago
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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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