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This bill would require children under under the care, custody or supervision of the Division of Child Protection and Permanency to be enrolled in public or nonpublic school. Those children would not be allowed to homeschool. This bill has a companion bill in the Senate, S2007.
The bill takes away a parent’s right to homeschool a child if the child is under the "care, custody or supervision" of the Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCPP). However, the bill does not define "care, custody or supervision" so it could apply far more broadly than one might expect. A child can come under DCPP "care, custody or supervision" without the parents even having an opportunity to be heard in court. The bill thus treats the parents as guilty until proven innocent, which runs counter to American principles of justice.
This bill contains language that makes the bill trump every other New Jersey statute.
3/3/2016 Introduced, referred to Assembly Women and Children Committee
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