Assembly Bill 2633: School Can Force Truancy Counseling

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Assembly Bill 2633: School Can Force Truancy Counseling
Sponsors:
Reed Gusciora, District 15 (Hunterdon and Mercer)
Summary:

This bill would empower a school system to obtain an ex parte court order forcing a child into truancy counseling.

HSLDA's Position:
Oppose.

HSLDA opposes this bill because it allows schools to obtain a court order forcing a child to participate in truancy counseling without the parents ever having had a chance to defend themselves. Schools could use this as a tool to bully and intimidate families who are about to start homeschooling, or even families who have been homeschooling for years.

This puts schools entirely in the driver's seat. They can make a judge order a child to attend truancy counseling just by submitting the right paperwork—which would probably be rubber-stamped.

The homeschool family would then face three alternatives: hire a lawyer to undo the unjust court order, comply with the unjust order, or defy the order and risk contempt of court punishment.

Action Requested:
None at this time
Status:

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