Commissioners listen to home schoolers
On December 5, 2001, outgoing Commissioner of Education David Wolk and incoming Commissioner Ray McNulty met with about 30 home schoolers, including Home School Legal Defense Association Attorney Scott Woodruff and representatives of Christian Home Educators of Vermont and Vermont Association of Home Educators, to discuss a proposal to create a Home School Advisory Commission (HSAC). About 27 home schoolers opposed creation of the HSAC, and about three supported it (but not in the form proposed to the Vermont State Board of Education [SBE] in November).
In the face of this nearly unanimous opposition, Wolk and McNulty said they would recommend that the SBE not adopt the proposal. There was general support instead for creating or maintaining less formal avenues of communication between home schoolers, the commissioner, and the department of education.
HSLDA is pleased with this outcome. More importantly, we are encouraged that incoming Commissioner McNulty listened attentively to the comments of home schoolers and seemed sympathetic to their concerns.
- Scott A. Woodruff