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10/25/2011 10:37:02 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Kansas--Oppose Discriminatory Morton Library Policy Tonight

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Kansas--Oppose Discriminatory Morton Library Policy Tonight


The Morton County library has a policy forbidding teens from being in
the library without a parent during public school hours. This
discriminates against homeschool families and has the potential to
create hardship.

The policy is illogical. The supposed justification is that the
library staff "can't tell who is truant." In the first place,
librarians are not law enforcement officers. It's not their job to
enforce the truancy laws.

Secondly, what truant child is going to skip school and
surreptitiously run off to the library?! It simply defies belief.

And finally, if the library staff just feel like they MUST act like
law enforcement, they can take half a minute of their time and ask the
child why his is not in school--if they don't already know. If he
says he's homeschooled, the matter is resolved. Or if they are just
so jaded that they don't believe the teen, they could call the teen's
parents. Or maybe call the officials actually charged with enforcing
the truancy laws.

There are many legitimate, sensible, sensitive ways to handle this.
But a categorical, absolute, unconditional policy outlawing all teens
in the library during public school hours is irrational and
discriminatory. It's a blunt, hurtful weapon when many appropriate
tools are actually available.


ACTION REQUESTED

Please attend the meeting tonight at 6 PM at the library to show your
opposition to the policy.


BACKGROUND

Public school children are allowed to go to their own library during
school hours. For homeschool families, the local public library is
the equivalent of the school library. Why should the library prohibit
homeschooled children from learning in the public library during the
exact hours public school children are learning in their own library?

Homeschool families have nothing equivalent to a public school
library. This policy will create hardship for families counting on
these tax-funded resources.

Mature teens are well capable of using library time usefully. In any
event, the Morton Library has behavior rules that are fair and
sensible, and could be applied to handle any unruly student.

Thank you for standing with us for freedom!


Sincerely,


Scott Woodruff
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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