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Monday, December 09, 2002

Homeschooling in the News

Illinois Schools Dog Homeschoolers
Under the guise of enforcing a vague homeschooling law, an Illinois regional school superintendent has sent truant officers -- complete with squad cars -- to the homes of 150 rural Illinois families demanding proof that they are teaching a curriculum "comparable to that of public-school students." Says one mother who was visited by a truant officer: ""He says that he is worried they are not getting a quality education," she said. "I would tell him to look in his own backyard."
That's his next stop. He heard a neighbor was potty training her own child.

Maryland Tightens Homeschool Regs
Maryland homeschoolers are fighting a regulatory change that would force them to register with the state every year, rather than just once, as required under current regulations. Some 300 families have written to Lynn E. Linde, the education department's chief of student services and alternative programs, to protest the change, which was made without consulting homeschoolers in the state. Linde defends the change by saying "All we're asking here is that parents take five minutes to fill out a form, stick it in an envelope and mail it in."
Parents are asking the same thing of educrats...up to the word "in."


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Teen Chastity: Hey, Preaching Works!
Despite a wideheld belief teenagers will have sex regardless of what they're taught, it appears that a recent focus on abstinence education is actually having some effect. Abstinent teens say they're influenced by religion, caring parents, a sense of unreadiness, "and the desire to gain some semblance of control over their own destinies."
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