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.
Any "damage" done by schooling was dwarfed by whatever deficiencies he had from birth, IMO. Look at a picture and tell me you can't clearly see that.
Because they're liberals.
No matter how much power liberals have, it's never enough.
Probably. The public school system failed Lanza big time. So now they're trying to blame their own failure on his mother who attempted to save him. They're trying to point the finger away from themselves.
I couldn't believe the public school funerally they had for the bus driver that got shot last week. My gosh, they even used the school colors at his funeral. I was waiting to see cheer leaders and a marching band!
The guy was a man with a life, but the whole disgraceful thing was all about the friggen school! They used the poor mans body like their new school mascot!
“The lunatics truly are running the asylum.”
If the public school students were given a behavioral test WE defined they’d all fail ;)
UH, hate to tell you this, but it is usually the family that makes these decisions. Did it ever occur to you that maybe, just maybe it was the desire of the family and not some nefarious deed?
I was going to SARCASTICALLY suggest that they test all children, but you know that there is some whacka doodle that will think that is a great idea and expand the legislation.
The legislation covers ALL school children.
Just saw that WTF.
Nope. In their grief, I'm sure they agreed to do what ever the school wanted to do. Think "rail roaded."
I believe later they'll look back an see the coldness of it all. They'll remember that he was a man - not a piece of broken school furniture, and then they'll mourn his death as they should.
That why I said what I said in my first post. Of course the haters will just blow that off and claim we deserve it because, well just because they say so and are our betters.
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And of course you have compelling evidence that proves this beyond the shadow of a doubt. Otherwise you would just be bearing false witness.
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I'll try this again.....
This is a Connecticut issue it seems but
This can be stopped just like HR6 was and if it isn't I can see other states following suit. This is probably going to be needed to be fought on almost every state level, if not the national level eventually.
How about if we do a behavioral health assessment of all public school teachers and other government workers, first? Followed up with assessments for all the busybodies who want to “assess” our children in the first place?
Why? Because the government hates competition. Because every home schooled student means less federal money for the school district. Because less federal money for the school district means less money for teachers unions.
Did I leave anything out?
Attorney Deb Stevenson of www.nheld.com recommends a cautious approach. Please read below:
Bulletin #74 CT Proposed Legislation Regarding Childrens Mental Health Assessment 02/04/2013
National Home Education Legal Defense responded to a proposed piece of legislation in the CT General Assembly introduced by Sen. Toni Nathaniel Harp, 10th Dist. and Rep. Toni E. Walker, 93rd Dist.
The bill is Senate Bill 374.
“AN ACT REQUIRING BEHAVIORAL HEALTH ASSESSMENTS FOR CHILDREN.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:
That section 10-206 of the general statutes be amended to require (1) each pupil enrolled in public school at grades 6, 8, 10 and 12 and each home-schooled child at ages 12, 14 and 17 to have a confidential behavioral health assessment, the results of which shall be disclosed only to the child’s parent or guardian, and (2) each health care provider performing a child’s behavioral health assessment to complete the appropriate form supplied by the State Board of Education verifying that the child has received the assessment.
Statement of Purpose: To provide behavioral health assessments to children.”
NHELD responded to the introduction of this legislation by writing:
NHELD does recommend that all parents should be aware, and keep track, of Proposed Senate Bill 374.
The bill does not specify anything about allowing any social services agency to become involved in your child’s healthcare. It simply states that the fact that an assessment was done will be provided to the State Department of Education. While anything is always possible, right now it is only a proposed bill - that is, an idea that is written down. We don’t know what the final language of the bill will look like, or whether it will be voted on in committee, or on the floor of the House or Senate. We need to be careful in how we approach anyone about this at this time.
Right now, it remains simply as a proposed bill, with only two sponsors: Rep. Toni Walker, and Senator Toni Harp. Before a bill becomes a law, after it is proposed, it must go through a screening process whereby legislative leaders determine whether it should be raised before the appropriate committee. In this case, the bill has been referred to the Public Health Committee. It is in the screening process at this point. The bill cannot go any further unless the appropriate committee acts upon it at one of its meetings. If the committee does not act on it, the bill dies. The first action the committee could take would be to place it on its agenda to determine if it will be scheduled for a public hearing. After the public hearing, the committee meets to vote on whether it will get approved to go further for action on the floor of the House and the Senate. If it gets a “joint favorable” vote in the committee, then the bill is placed on the calendar of the House and Senate and the leadership then determines when to call the bill for a vote on the floor of the House and Senate. At any point in this process, the bill also could be amended. If the leadership does not call the bill for a vote, the bill dies.
Again, right now, it is too soon to tell what will happen with this bill. NHELD is watching it and will update you as we find out more information. You also can, and should, watch what happens to it by going to the state’s website, clicking on the legislative branch, and then type in the bill number in the appropriate box. The agenda for the committee meetings are posted 24 hours before they meet. The Public Health Committee meets on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. The committee’s public hearings also are scheduled on those days. The committee must post notice of the agenda for the public hearings five days in advance of the hearing. Keep on top of it, and watch other potentially harmful bills as well. Each of us must do our part to protect our freedom.
Attorney Deborah G. Stevenson
I don't want those nut-jobs anywhere near my daughter - WE determine the best treatment for her, she is OUR reponsibility, (she is doing quite well, thank you).
STAY AWAY FROM MY DAUGHTER YOU LEFTIST HACKS!!!
I guess we will agree to disagree here.............
I find it neither wrong, nor think it something forced upon them by outside forces. Not everything is some evil conspiracy by the evil public schools.
That works for me!!!!!
Homeschoolers and private schoolers are going to be the leaders of tomorrow. First, they're taught a more conservative lifestyle - plus they're getting a good education to back it all up.
Kids that are not in the public school also have no records that can be used against them later in life. Chicago type politics won't work on them.
Last, but not least, the more lives the public schools can destroy the more democrat voters there are. Unless they can get their hands on home schoolers and private schoolers, these kids are going to escape (and their numbers are growing rapidly).
What’s next? The Final Solution for those deemed unfit?
Where the hell are the congressional republicans?
Sorry - didn’t read article thoroughly, in too much of a hurry to get out the door -
See it is a state issue - and looks like it is getting the proper attention.
Will the libs never stop trying to control everything and everyone? Guess not.
Stand your ground!
I'm going to disagree with you; John Gatto says this: "After a long life, and thirty years in the public school trenches, I've concluded that genius is as common as dirt. We suppress our genius only because we haven't yet figured out how to manage a population of educated men and women." and, in the same essay, lays out the purpose of "public 'education'":
Inglis breaks down the purpose - the actual purpose - of modem schooling into six basic functions, any one of which is enough to curl the hair of those innocent enough to believe the three traditional goals listed earlier:
Yes, the indoctrination to make all the children good little socialist drones.