Tuesday, July 23, 2013

NEBRASKA'S ATTENDANCE LAW: IS IT ABOUT TRUANCY OR IS IT ABOUT MONEY?

THIS RESPONSE BY NFF MEMBER ANN SUMMERS TO THE MAYNARDS' STORY IS WORTHY OF ITS OWN BLOG POST.  IT IS RIGHT ON AND IT'S A FANTASTIC CALL TO ACTION.

Time to get out the laptops and write, write, write! When are people going to realize that this is all about money? It's not about criminality (that's what the police are for) and it's not about education (that's what teachers are for) and it is in no way about guiding our children (that's what parents are for) and it must stop. It's about money, money, money: putting little bottoms in seats. Only with bottoms in seats do schools get their cash, so you tell me, where is a schools' incentive to NOT rat out these children whose parents care enough about them to not send them to those seats sick, to run them over slippery roads, to throw caution to the wind so that a school can garner 15 minutes of attendance time.
This system is sick. But the County cannot be the bad guy entirely, when the money says otherwise. The school misses out on their cut, and they pass it on. The guardians and attorneys are all clocking time, and the money flows, like ca-ca, straight downhill. How long will we allow our children and their families to simply wash down onto this littered midden of unfortunates? People whose illness or families or lives will not allow them a minty fresh 365-day-a-year attendance, people who got sick, had weather, had bad luck, had life, people who were not the little cash-making machines they were expected to be? 

I left. I filed my homeschool papers and was done. Not everyone has this luxury. Not everyone wants to make this decision to opt out. But for everyone who wants in, who still trusts the state to educate and care for their children, you deserve to do so with dignity, without harassment and persecution. I am disgusted. Again.

Time to get out those laptops and write, write, write to anyone who has a hand in this horrendous excuse for education.

(Read here about the Summers family's experience when OPS began cracking down on attendance and ruined their children's love of school.  http://www.nebraskafamilyforum.org/2011/11/summers-family-lb800-targets.html)

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