No Connection Between Homeschooling and School Shooting
Nearly two years after Adam Lanza murdered 20 children and six teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, a task force is proposing tighter scrutiny and control on homeschoolers in Connecticut.
According to HSLDA, the panel recently recommended that homeschooled children with special needs, emotional or behavioral problems, and those suffering from mental illness be required to submit to mental health screenings, report regularly to the special education directors in their public school district, and submit an individualized education plan to the local public school district for approval. The commission also proposed that parents whose children failed to make “adequate progress” as determined by public school officials would be denied the right to teach their children at home.
The news has created an uproar throughout the homeschool community at the prospect of having their freedoms, privacy, and rights stripped.
“There is simply no basis for the assertion that there is a connection between homeschooling and violence in public schools,” responded HSLDA, represented by Senior Counsel Dee Black.
The nonprofit organization also vehemently vowed to oppose any effort to subject homeschool students to mental health screenings and deny parents the constitutional right to homeschool.
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