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Congressional breakthroughs in CAPTA reform

PHC adds faculty and students

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HSLDA social services contact policy

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Home School Heartbeat in Alabama

Birmingham
WDJC
93.7
FM
Birmingham
WXJC
92.5
FM
Birmingham
WYDE
101.1
FM
Brewton
WELJ
90.9
FM
Carollton
WALN
89.3
FM
Centre
WZTQ
1560
AM
Dixon Mills
WMBV
91.9
FM
Dothan
WAQG
89.3
FM
Dothan
WIZB
94.3
FM
Dothan
WVOB
91.3
FM
Florence-Muscle Shoals
WAKD
89.9
FM
Fort Payne
Joy Christian


Guntersville
WJIA
88.5
FM
Hanceville
WLYG
1050
AM
Headland
WIZB
94.3
FM
Jasper
WQJJ
97.7
FM
Montgomery
WDYF
90.3
FM
Montgomery
WLBF
89.1
FM
Northport
WMFT
88.9
FM
Northport
WSJL


Selma
WAQU
91.1
FM
Selma
WRNF
89.5
FM
Talladega
WNUZ
1230
AM
Troy
WAXU
91.1
FM
Alabama
Child Protection Act amended

On April 24, 2002, Governor Don Siegelman signed into law Senate Bill 21 amending the Alabama Child Protection Act of 1999. Under the new law, not only applicants for employment and current employees suspected of child abuse at public and non public schools must undergo a criminal background investigation, but current employees not suspected of abuse must do so as well. Although the terms "employee" and "employment" are not defined in the law, the common understanding and dictionary definition of these terms indicates that they have to do with a person who has been hired by an employer and is receiving some form of compensation for work performed. The law prohibits a public or nonpublic school from hiring a person until the criminal background investigation has been completed unless there is an emergency need for employing the person and the employment is temporary. Any person who refuses to consent to the background check is ineligible for employment, and any current employee may not continue to maintain employment until the consent is given.

Job applicants and current employees whose employment would involve or involves unsupervised access to children in an educational environment are subject to the background investigation. In addition to providing written consent to the investigation, the person being investigated must provide fingerprints to be examined by state and federal authorities. After the investigation is conducted, the State Superintendent of Education makes a "suitability determination" for the employment of these persons at nonpublic schools.

The law expressly excludes from the background investigation parents engaged in the homeschooling of their own children. However, "homeschooling" is nowhere defined in Alabama law. Further, since most parents homeschooling in Alabama do so under the umbrella of a church school, there are occasions when their children are being taught by other adults in a co op arrangement or in connection with participation in sports or other activities at a church school. If those persons providing the instruction are receiving compensation for their work from the school and have unaccompanied contact with children, they are subject to the criminal background investigation requirements. - Dewitt T. Black

For more information on homeschooling through a church school in Alabama, see http://www.hslda.org/hs/state/AL/.

Dewitt T. Black