Skip to comments.Bill Threatens Homeschool Freedom
Posted on 02/06/2013 7:56:23 AM PST by Sopater
Proposed Bill 374 filed in the Connecticut General Assembly would require all homeschooled children ages 12, 14, and 17 to undergo a behavioral health assessment. These assessments would be conducted by an unspecified health care provider and would be conducted even though there was no indication whatsoever that these children had a behavioral problem. The bill states that the results of the assessments are to be disclosed only to the childs parent or guardian, but that the health care provider must submit a form to the State Board of Education verifying that the child has received the assessment.
According to the Connecticut Behavioral Health Partnership, a state organization made up of the Department of Children and Families, Department of Social Services, Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, and others, a behavioral health assessment is quite comprehensive and invasive. It includes a review of physical and mental health, intelligence, school performance, employment, level of function in different domains including family situation, and behavior in the community.
Proposed Bill 374 would essentially authorize the state to conduct regular social services investigations of homeschooling families without any basis to do so. This outrageous legislative proposal must be stopped in its tracks before it gains any momentum.
This legislation is sponsored by Sen. Toni Nathaniel Harp (10th Dist.) and Rep. Toni E. Walker (93rd Dist.). The bill is presently in the Public Health Committee. HSLDA is asking homeschoolers to immediately contact members of the committee and express their opposition to this unwarranted invasion of family privacy.
backdoor registration of homeschools
Why does the state feel they have to do this?
This is BS.Next each child will be evaluated in school and the parent wont be involved......
isn’t that obvious?
Why because it is liberal Connecticut.
Make it a tuff one,that one was easy
Sounds like unequal treatment under the law.
It isn’t just homeschoolers. They want to build a data base of the childrens’ “mental health” in public schools too. The ramifications are enormous.
Oh, Johnny tested negative according to his mental health assessment when he was 17. No pistol permit for him.
Look, Nakeesha tested negative according to her health assessment when she was 6. She’ll get lifetime counseling at the taxpayer’s expense till she’s 18.
Poor, Juan. He tested negative at the age of 12. Time to start the Ritalin.
On and on...
So let’s see
1. Adam Lanza was homeschooled
2. Homeschooling teaches kids to use AR15
3. Homeschooling teaches kids to go out and perform mass murders
4. Public schooled kids are not taught how to use AR15
6. Public schooled kids would never go out and perform mass murders
Hence, lets take all homeschoolers and make them pass mental tests
Makes sense to me...not
The Supreme court has already ruled the home school child is not the property of the state like public schoolers. No tax dollars are going toward their education.
This needs to be fought and fought hard. Parents home school their kids so they do NOT turn out psychically, mentally, socially, or spiritually like the public school kids. That's the whole idea!
IIRC, the murderer was being homeschooled at the time of the killings. Measure is probably meant to ensure that Connecticut has some way of detecting a child that is being hidden by his family under the guise of homeschooling because of untreated or poorly controlled behavioral problems.
Here’s THE question that will assess their “behavioral health”:
Do you think homosexuals have the right to marry?
The State simply wants to verify the condition of Their property.
After all, They don’t have eyes and ears inside your home watching. Yet. /s
Someone should ask these two women why they are sponsoring this legislation and put them on the spot. Make them sorry they ever dreamt this one up.
What makes them think that home schoolers need to be evaluated for “behavior” by the state? Seems like harassment to me. Are public and private students evaluated by the state for “behavior”?
I imagine this legislation is going to go nowhere and hopefully their political careers will go nowhere too.
Parents who don’t home school could probably get annoyed by this too if they thought about it.
Gee, I wonder if they are democrats?
He was home schooled because of what was happening in the public school he was in. The mother was trying to save him from it . The damage had already been done.
So, instead of testing home schoolers, why not test all those who are in the public schools instead? The public school is what destroyed Lanza. THEY did nothing to help him. At least his mother tried to save him.
They hate anything they can’t control. Homeschooling is one of the few refuges where you can escape invasive, suffocating government control.
I would be putting an amendment on that bill that would mandate that all elected officials in the state be subject to the same criteria.
They should be asking ALL parents, not just homeschoolers to contact members of the committee.
This is just so totally wrong.
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