Thursday, January 5, 2012
Sen. Beau McCoy to Work to Protect Home School in 2012
Sadly, it seems that public officials believe that once parents enroll their children in public school they relinquish the precious rights to direct their child's education. I am pleased that the HSLDA is defending home school rights, since it is a last buffer against complete state control over education, but it is discouraging that there are very few champions willing to protect the vast majority of parents whose kids use their tax payer funded schools.
Senator McCoy was home schooled, and sees a need to protect that constituency. I hope that he is not unmoved by the plea of his public school parents (his own kids in private school) who seek his help in amending Nebraska's "truancy" law. I am concerned that his letter to parents indicated that he believes parents who use the public schools have no right under the law to excuse their children from school and that power rests solely in the hands of school authorities.
While Sen. McCoy obviously believes that parents should have the right to opt out of public education, thus he protects adamantly the rights of home school parents, I fear that he does not with equal feeling advocate for parents rights in general.
Please continue to write and call Sen. McCoy and work to persuade him that his public school constituency is as worthy of his time and efforts. I believe that Sen. McCoy is a good man who will act when he is convinced of the importance of this issue.
Posted by Stephanie Morgan at Thursday, January 05, 2012