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December 20, 2013 - 5:27 am
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On Wednesday I wrote about SB 248, an offensively intrusive bill introduced in the Ohio Senate by Senator Capri Cafaro. The bill, named Teddy’s Law for 14-year-old Teddy Tedesco who was brutally tortured and murdered by his mother’s boyfriend, would require all homeschooling families to submit to background checks and interviews with social workers before being permitted to homeschool or enroll in an online school in the state. Parents and children would be separated for interviews and any finding by a social worker that homeschooling was not “in the best interest of the child” would be grounds for denial of the right to homeschool or enroll in an online school.

In a stunning reversal, Cafaro, the bill’s sponsor, announced on Thursday that she intends to withdraw the bill. Declaring that the bill was never meant to provoke a policy debate on homeschooling, Cafaro said,

After consultation with Teddy’s family, we have collectively decided the best course of action is for me to withdraw SB 248, and instead pursue a more comprehensive approach to address the current challenges in the state’s social service and criminal justice system.

Ohioans for Educational Freedom (OEF), a statewide PAC that supports homeschooling, began telling Ohio homeschoolers and other supporters of freedom in education about the bill at 10:35 p.m. on Monday night. By Thursday afternoon the bill was dead.

The evolution of SB 248 from the time the Ohio education community first learned about it until the moment Cafaro announced she was abandoning it is an excellent example of what the grassroots can accomplish when they speak with one voice and work with laser-like focus on a single issue. Mark Stevenson from OEF reported:

By Tuesday morning, we sent around to all the Facebook home school groups we were in contact with. By Tuesday afternoon, the news had traveled so fast and furious that all the typical e-mail lists were sending out our RED ALERT quicker than we could keep up with.

CHEO [Christian Home Educators of Ohio] put out a thorough Alert of their own and it seemed most of the Ohio home school population became fully aware that this was the biggest encroachment of home schooling rights in Ohio.

By Tuesday afternoon Mike Donnelly from HSLDA [Homeschool Legal Defense Association] put out a statement saying ”This is the biggest over reach I’ve seen in a very long time if ever in the area of imposing regulation on home schoolers.” Later that evening, HSLDA sent out their evening e-mail that announced a headline of ”Worst-Ever Homeschool Law Proposed”. We were receiving intel reports that Cafaro’s office had been overwhelmed and inundated with phone calls all day on Tuesday and it was continuing through Wednesday.

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“After consultation with Teddy’s family..."

Why? Why was Teddy's family consulted? What expertise do they bring to the table?

The fact that Teddy's family had to be consulted tells you all you need to know about the mindset and tactics of Capri Cafaro. I'll probably forget about this mediocrity within the hour, but I just may make a note to monitor her next re-election battle to see if her constituents have drawn the connection.
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I wonder if they considered the same "social worker acceptance program" for public school teachers.
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Don't be fooled. This was merely a trial balloon. Although they will deny it, making homeschooling illegal is a top priority for liberals
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"...never intended to provoke a policy debate on home-schooling".

Of course it wasn't.

Elected and appointed "public servants" are habituated to their rules, regulations, laws to llimit the Rights of citizen to be automatically added to the Legal Code with few knowing or caring. They become absolutely amazed that anyone or any group could object to their royal decrees. AND object effectively.

As to any assault on home schoolers is never again to be considered, this comes under "if you believe that you'll believe anything". Home schoolers are if not immune at least less susceptible to the relentless brainwashing of the public school systems. THE instrument for takeover of the minds and bodies of the young. As in "give me a child until he is five and he is mine for life".

AND NO public servant of the "for the good of the people" factions of control freaks of Big Goivernment can have that.

Next time the attack shall come, SHALL definitely operative, in a hidden attack. Appended as litem to some other Bill. Maybe even one of more than 2000 pages.

A Whole lot of unlawful limitation of citizens rights can be hidden in more than 2000 pages.

And once a thought, idea, "bill" becomes law it's almost impossible to remove it. But the brainwashed throng to cheer the Bill and the Saviours who design it: "For the good of the people"

Even when it proves to be nothing of the sort.
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"pursue a more comprehensive approach"

Code for "Danger, danger!" Obviously, they have no plans to give up. They'll be back, but next time with the really ugly stuff hidden more thoroughly.
51 weeks ago
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A grassroots tsunami . . . hmmm. Let's apply that tactic on a national level against Obamacare, for starters.
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The problem with some (most?) knee-jerk liberal laws is that they are based on feelings of accomplishing something heartwarming rather than merit as a law. I bet Cafaro really thought she was making a law that would stop anything like this from happening again and felt good about it. But no parent, even the best, most educated, most above reproach, wants Child Protective Services snooping around asking questions about how their children are raised. One idle comment is all it takes to have years of grief and court appearances and legal fees. It was to be a law that looked like it was doing something good, but in reality would have just inconvenienced and harmed lots of innocent people.
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Feelings? Yes and no. The liberal laws that are orchestrated over time are not mere surges of emotion but rather calculated attempts to destroy the old order of liberty and popular will. There is in the progressive heart a loathing of the ancient notions of nuclear family, faith, private property, ordered liberty. The Progressive has an organic need to control that which it abhors and fears and systematically goes about in the guise of caring platitudes to overthrow the tradition of generations past.

The reason for this reflex hatred is uncertain but must have to do with failure of their own faith (or lack thereof) and family to supply the needs of approval and security which they crave as we all crave them; and thus they wish to destroy those hall marks of society that most define us.
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" The liberal laws that are orchestrated over time are not mere surges of emotion but rather calculated attempts to destroy the old order of liberty and popular will. "

At the leadership level, yes, but most are simply useful idiots, and are governed by surges of emotion. It's what makes them tick. They are not rational beings in any meaningful sense.

They really do mean well.


When you have masses of such people, unable to reason meaningfully, devoid of morality, ignorant, deliberately mal-educated, and guided by the few that are truly evil, operating under a set of rules (Alinksky's) toward a common goal, you have a truly powerful and dangerous force.

My guess is that this woman is in the useful idiot category, rather than the truly evil category.

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You are giving her too much benefit of the doubt. This is about controlling the input and beliefs of children. If they can't keep kids in public schools they can't brainwash them. Homeschooling is a threat to their agenda.
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Excellent. If it weren't for social media, can you IMAGINE the tyranny the statists would be inflicting on we the people, sneakily and behind our backs?
Good work!
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Anytime the term "in the best interests of the child" is used by any propsoed piece of legislation by any lawmaker, get your petitions ready. Imagine the scenario of a homeschooled child saying, "my parents are conservatives or my parents are against the public school teaching methods." Just imaging the social worker's recommendation after that.
51 weeks ago
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How about providing the social worker's background checks and past work actions to the local school board two weeks before the mandatory yearly reviews.
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After consulting Teddys's family...??? the people who did not protect him? WTF? That is insane; this Capri Cafaro is either an idiot or the worst kind of opportunist politician.
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The father has insisted throughout that he did not have access to his son due to actions of the mother and the courts.

In a strange twist, someone put up a Facebook page in support of "Teddy's Law" which the family somehow thought would only be visited by supporters. When opponents of the law started flooding it with complaints and attempted to debate the issue, it descended quickly into what the father expressed as "grieving father vs. heartless homeschoolers." This is what happens when do-gooder lawmakers use grieving families whose pain is still very fresh to try to pass overreaching laws.

Ultimately, I really think the family wanted a reform of social services -- after reading most of their comments, I get the impression homeschooling was never their target. At one point a family member said they never blamed homeschooling for Teddy's death. It seems homeschooling was Cafaro's idea, not the family's. The family obviously never expected the blowback. Cafaro? Who knows.
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This is what happens when do-gooder lawmakers use grieving families whose pain is still very fresh to try to pass overreaching laws.

Seems to be a rather common habit of "lawmakers". Another one of their habits, especially Democrats, is to try again at a later date if the previous attempt wasn't successful.
51 weeks ago
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Cafaro will not be running for reelection because of term limits, fortunately. However, should could run for a different office.
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I love it when a plan.... falls apart!

:D

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