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    Filed at 6:32 pm under by dcobranchi

    Bad article.

    What was Joel Turtel smoking when he wrote this pro-homeschooling piece? A few choice bits:

    If public school employees had to work for private schools and compete for their jobs in the real world, they would lose their security-blanket tenure. That’s why school authorities view homeschooling parents who challenge their monopoly as a serious threat.

    That second sentence is a complete non-sequitur. What do private schools and tenure have to do with home education?

    By 2004, however, pressure from parents, Christian homeschooling organizations, and recent court rulings pushed all fifty states to enact statutes that allow homeschooling, as long as certain requirements are met.

    2004? I’m pretty sure the Homeschool Wars were settled long before that.

    [M]any states and school authorities still harass homeschooling parents. That is because the Supreme Court slapped parents in the face when they gave local governments the right to regulate homeschooling.

    Cite, please? AFAIK, education is still (theoretically) one of the rights covered in the 9th and 10th Amendments. That means it’s local. Whether it’s a fundamental right reserved to the parents (my position) or it’s “reserved to the States,” it certainly shouldn’t be under federal regulation. What is Turtel trying to say here?

    If you are a homeschooling parent, you must know how to protect your legal rights. To do this, you should seriously consider joining the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA).

    A paid ad for HSLDA? It certainly gives new meaning to the title of this post.

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