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This is a “government nanny” bill that would create a Motivating Parents and Children (MPAC) pilot program, one of the purposes of which would be “to provide grants to certain local school districts for innovative local programs that target juvenile crime by coordinating school and support services to children-at-risk and their families with required parental involvement.” The program would include homeschooling families, because the bill states that it would “apply to all compulsory-school-age children residing in the pilot school district and their custodial and noncustodial parents or legal guardians.” The State Department of Education would develop policies and procedures to implement the program, including how to determine who are the “children-at-risk.” The program coordinator in each school district would be responsible for planning and coordinating activities for parents of school children, including parenting classes for parents to be instructed in how to be effective parents according to state standards.
HSLDA considers such legislation to be a threat to parental rights and an unwarranted intrusion into the family unit. This bill should be opposed.
01/16/2012 (Senate) Referred to Educations Committee & Appropriations Committee
03/06/2012 (Senate) Died in committee
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