The Home School Court Report
VOLUME XIX, NUMBER 4
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July / August 2003


FEATURES
Homeschoolers shine at competitions
Ready for the new school year
Farris given prize
The tide turns with the Stumbo decision

Signs of the turning tide

Timeline of the Stumbo case

The Stumbos' thoughts
Bush signs bill to protect families

DEPARTMENTS
Along the way

The National Center for Home Education
Freedom Watch

Watching school choice issues
From the heart
Across the states
Members only
Active Cases
About Campus
President's page

Beyond our expectations

ET AL.

Prayer & Praise

a contrario sensu (on the other hand)

HSLDA social services contact policy/A plethora of forms

HSLDA legal contacts for March/April 2003



  LEGAL/LEGISLATIVE UPDATES  



ACROSS THE STATES

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OHIO

Paper blames homeschooling for abuse

Two back-to-back stories in the Akron Beacon Journal suggest that homeschooling is a threat to children. The first story, published on Friday, May 2, is headlined, "Legislator sees risk in homeschooling." The subtitle states, "He worries abusive parents may see practice as way to avoid teachers who might detect mistreatment." The next day, the Beacon Journal published a "grotesque case" of six malnourished children who "weren't missed at school because, according to authorities, they weren't enrolled; the mother had filed paperwork to home-school at least three of the children this year." Together, the two stories sent shockwaves through the homeschool community.

The Beacon Journal claimed that State Senator John Carey "sees a 'risk in homeschooling,'" but Senator Carey was quick to correct the record.

I believe that my comments were misconstrued as I mentioned I had raised concern regarding abusive parents under the guise of home schooling. I did not mention proposing legislation regarding more regulation on home schooling.

Homeschoolers must be prepared for sensationalistic journalism and knee-jerk legislation. With a little more than two percent of the school-age population in America being educated at home, it is all too easy for journalists and legislators to blame homeschooling when children are neglected. Home School Legal Defense Association urges all Ohio homeschoolers to work together to defend our liberties despite bad press.

Scott W. Somerville