After reading this article, I have to wonder if this "reporter" even bothered to read the bill. There was absolutely nothing in this bill that would have prevented Teddy's death. The abuse had been going on for years and had been reported to CPS on multiple occasions. Rather than blaming homeschooling for this tragic death, our elected officials should be launching a full scale investigation into determining why CPS didn't do its job. The General Assembly would not have supported this bill because it violated homeschoolers' 4th Amendment rights.
December 22, 2013 at 6:54 p.m.
Commenting on Post 11: You simply are not understanding this bill. The government worker would meet with you and then your child and then this government worker would get to decide if homeschooling was in the best interest of the child. I don't want the government worker having the final say in how I educate my kids. This bill does exactly that.
December 19, 2013 at 6:21 a.m.
Dontbeafool, have you read the proposed bill? The media is not presenting this bill accurately. Please take the time to read the actual bill. This bill violates the 4th amendment.
Nobody is dictating how I am educating my children today, but if this bill passes, the state will have the power to dictate how I educate my kids.
If a child lives in a house with a meth lab or deplorable conditions, there are laws on the books to address these parenting issues.
Ironically, Teddy was not even homeschooled. The state of Ohio already regulates its homeschooling population. It is a crime that homeschoolers are even being dragged into this debate.
December 18, 2013 at 2:34 p.m.
The "rage" is due to the fact that this bill infringes upon our parental rights. A government agency should not have the right to dictate how I choose to educate my children.
The current homeschooling laws in Ohio require us to submit documentation to the officials at the public school on a yearly basis. However, homeschooling parents are not asking the public school to grant us permission to homeschool. By law, homeschooling parents are notifying the public school that are children will be homeschooled.
This bill would give the state the power to determine whether a family could homeschool.
I am all for protecting children from abuse. However, nothing in this bill will prevent children from being abused.
Rather than rewriting the homeschooling laws, which are working very well in this state, Senator Cafaro should devote her time to launching a full scale investigation into determining which government agency failed to follow the child abuse laws that are already on the books in Ohio.
December 17, 2013 at 9:53 p.m.
This ridiculous piece of legislation does nothing but violate our parental rights.
Instead of introducing a bill that tramples the rights of homeschoolers, state Senator Cafaro should put her efforts into determining why the current laws already on the books were not followed. Hubbard reported the abuse. Why was no further action taken?
Hopefully this misguided bill will die a quick death.
December 17, 2013 at 2:58 p.m.