New Michigan Bill Keeps Tab on Homeschoolers

PolitiChicks.comOn April 17th a new bill was introduced in Michigan that would keep tabs on homeschoolers.

An incredibly sick woman had her two children in a freezer for 2 years and nobody knew it because when they were noticibly gone from activities the mom told everyone they were being homeschooled.

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Michigan does not currently require homeschoolers to register with their school district; one of 11 states that does not have that requirement.

Politicians took this opportunity to jump on the thousands of homeschool families in Michigan with more strict provisions. Punishing the lawful for the barbarous acts of one woman.

It is a natural consequence in these kinds of circumstances, though. Whenever one commits an unspeakable act the lawmakers seize the opportunity to punish everyone else for the crime that one person committed.

Now, personally, I don’t mind registering with the local school district if I want to homeschool. Do I think I should have to? No. But I’m not going to scream about it.

The part of this bill that is particularly chilling to any parent who reserves the right to care for and educate their children in the fashion they desire is this:

Besides registering with the local school district, “There would also be two visits to the home every year from either a doctor, teacher or social worker.”

There has already been outcry from homeschooling parents like Rhonda Smith. “I have a problem with it because the whole premise of the legislation assumes there is something wrong with people who homeschool.”

State Representative Stephanie Chang, who is behind the bill, and city leaders, say they welcome input, including from those who homeschool.

They say the goal here is children’s safety and education.

This is a horrible tragedy perpetrated by one very sick mother. Do they really think that if she had planned on killing her children she would have registered them as homeschoolers with the school district first? And then someone keeping tabs on them would discover the bodies at some point in the future when investigating their education? Would it have stopped this from happening? No.

Fact is, it still would have happened. Punishing homeschoolers for something that a mentally ill person did is not the solution. In full honesty I cannot say that I know what the exact solution would be, but I do know with my heart that this is not it.

Macey France

Oregon PolitiChick Macey France is co-founder of the Stop Common Core in Oregon and is working with parents across the state to educate and help them to learn how to advocate for their children's education. Macey has spoken at many Common Core informational meetings across the state of Oregon. Macey's articles on Common Core have been picked up by various news outlets and she has been a guest on many radio shows across the nation. Macey's article about The Bluest Eye was featured on a panel on Al Jazeera America and was nominated for a CPAC Blogger Award for Best Sunlight Post of 2013. Macey is a strong conservative with libertarian leanings, making her more of a "conservatarian." Preserving the constitutional and moral values of that this great nation was founded on for her children is her priority. She is a stay at home mom of two boys who are now in elementary school. As a mom who has always been interested in politics, religion and all of the taboo subjects, she has always had a lot to say about the state of the nation. When she realized the Common Core Standards were not only bad news for children but a government coup over education, she decided to fight back and is now considered one of the nation's leading experts on all-things-Common Core. When she's not having uncomfortable arguments with strangers on Facebook she can be found spending time with her husband of 15 years and two sons. Find Macey France on Facebook and Twitter: @MaceyFrancePC

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