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Cafaro: Teddy's Law links schools, agencies to protect kids

What happened to Teddy was an awful thing and those who perpetrated it are being punished as the law allows.

Should we do what we can to prevent such things from happening again? Absolutely. However, let's be clear: When enacting legislation, good intentions do NOT matter - the implications do.

This article is misleading. The bill does NOT conduct a search of a statewide child abuse database AND THEN require children services to launch an intervention program including home visitation before granting approval if it turns something up. It requires FIRST an interview with child services for the parent AND the child, THEN a database search. IT REQUIRES BOTH.

People object to this bill because it views those who want to either teach their children or have them participate in online school as though they are guilty of child abuse. They are guilty until proven innocent.

The bill actually states:

"Not later than five business days after a public children services agency receives a notification under section 3314.063 or 3321.042 of the Revised Code, the agency shall do the following:
(A) Conduct an in-person meeting with the person who submitted an application for a child's admission to an internet- or computer-based community school or who made the request for a child to be excused from attendance at school for instruction at home;
(B) Conduct an in-person meeting with the child for whom an application for admission to an internet- or computer-based community school was submitted or with the child for whom the request to be excused was made, separate from the meeting required under division (A) of this section;
(C) Access or enter the statewide automated child welfare information system, established and maintained under section 5101.13 of the Revised Code, to determine whether any of the following are the subject of an investigation that has been documented in the system:
(1) The person who submitted an application for a child's admission to an internet- or computer-based community school or who made the request for a child to be excused from attendance at school;
(2) The child for whom an application for admission to an internet- or computer-based community school was submitted or the child for whom the request to be excused from attendance at school was made;
(3) Any other person who resides with the child for whom an application was made for admission to an internet- or computer-based community school or with the child for whom the request to be excused from attendance at school was made."

See for yourself:

http://www.legislature.state.oh.us/bi...

December 17, 2013 at 10:13 p.m. suggest removal

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