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    Filed at 2:47 pm under by dcobranchi

    From Indiana:

    Boards don’t have authority

    To the editor:

    The candidates for school board should be questioned hard on how they plan to run the public schools. But since the board does not run home schooling, candidates’ attitudes toward home schooling are not relevant, contrary to what Kelley Coures has written.

    The simple fact is that no one running for school board would have authority to implement any of his suggestions. Policy toward home schooling is set at the state level, not the school board level. Home schooling is therefore not a legitimate school board election topic.

    Coures says home-schoolers should be forced to take and pass a test each semester. No candidate for school board would have legal authority to implement this.

    Coures suggests that home-schoolers who do not score high enough should be forced to enter the public schools. No candidate for school board would have legal authority to make this happen.

    He suggests that home-school teachers should have certain qualifications. No school board member would have legal authority to implement this.

    Coures suggests that home-school teachers should be required to follow the same curriculum outline as the public schools. No candidate for school board would have a legal basis to implement this.

    He suggests that home-schooled students’ medical records (physicals) be filed with public schools. Ditto.

    Coures suggests that social workers “visit” home-schooled students “throughout the year” to “evaluate their condition.” As with all of his previous suggestions, no candidate for school board would have legal authority to implement this.

    Aside from the fact that Coures’ suggestions cannot withstand the light of logic, school board members should be elected based on how they plan to use taxpayers’ money on behalf of parents who have chosen to trust their children’s education to the public school system – not on their attitude toward students who are not in the system.

    Scott A. Woodruff

    Attorney

    Home School Legal Defense Association

    Purcellville, Va.

    3 Responses to “LETTER OF THE DAY”


    Comment by
    speedwell
    September 17th, 2006
    at 4:29 pm

    Three cheers!


    Comment by
    NMcV
    September 17th, 2006
    at 6:21 pm

    Just the facts, no grandstanding. As it should be.

    See? They can do it if they try.


    Comment by
    Daryl Cobranchi
    September 17th, 2006
    at 6:23 pm

    Yeah, I’ve always thought the Scotts were better at this game than were the Mikes.