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Senate Bill 142 would require every parent to complete four "parenting support instruction" programs or workshops that are to be developed by the Commissioner of Education. These workshops would be required to be completed by each parent before their child could move on to the 7th grade. This bill would apply to parents of private school and homeschool students.
Under Senate Bill 142, the commissioner would develop guidelines for the content of 12 parenting workshops that parents would have a choose four from. At least one of the workshops would relate to the subject of physical, emotional, and sexual abuse of children. One of the four workshops that the parent would actually take would have to include this particular workshop.
Under this bill, the state would enter a new realm of instructing parents in New York on how they should raise their children. Based upon the wording of current law and the wording in Senate Bill 142, it appears that each parent would be required to complete the four parenting workshops for their child to move on to 7th grade.
HSLDA is vigorously opposed to Senate Bill 142 as it is a gross intrusion into the lives of every family in New York.
HSLDA is closely monitoring this bill. While we are not calling for any specific action at this time, you can certainly contact the senators who have sponsored this bill to express your disappointment in their support of such a heavy-handed proposal. You should not identify yourself as a homeschooler but simply as a concerned parent who takes parenting their children very seriously. Please remember to be courteous but firm in your objections with the staffers that you speak with on Senate Bill 142.
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