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Sandy Hook Commission Recommends Homeschool Restrictions

Homeschooling in Connecticut.

It’s important homeschoolers speak with a unified voice.

Senior Counsel Dee Black answers questions and assists members with legal issues. He and his wife homeschooled their children.

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

Various news media articles are appearing in Connecticut about the governor’s Sandy Hook Advisory Commission, which recommends that homeschool students with emotional or behavioral problems be required to submit an individualized education plan to the local public school district for approval and progress reports thereafter. Identifying these students could only be accomplished by mandatory mental health screenings performed on all homeschool students.

The commission’s proposal was precipitated by the school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School by Adam Lanza in December of 2012. But there is simply no basis for the assertion that there is a connection between homeschooling and violence in public schools. The proposal by the commission appears to be a knee-jerk reaction to this tragedy without an examination of the educational history of the perpetrator, Adam Lanza, who was supposedly homeschooled. According to the report released by the Office of the State’s Attorney in November 2013, Lanza was a public school student, except for a brief time in middle school when he attended a private school. Apparently he attended public school on site until around the 10th grade, at which time his mother chose other public school options at home. Lanza graduated and received a diploma from Newtown High School in 2009, an option not available to any student who was homeschooled. The Sandy Hook shooting took place some 3½ years later.

The recommendation made by the governor’s commission is only a draft proposal. Even if it were in final form, none of the recommendations in the report could be implemented without a new law being passed by the Connecticut Legislature, which does not go into session until January 2015. HSLDA and The Education Association of Christian Homeschoolers (TEACH) will work together to vigorously oppose any effort to subject homeschool students to mental health screenings and any attempt to deny parents the constitutional right to choose homeschooling as an educational option for their children.

The key to defeating any proposed legislation to implement the commission’s recommendations is to get legislators on our side. You can accomplish this by contacting your state senator and representative, asking them where they stand on this issue and discussing the overreach of such a proposal. At times like this, it is vitally important that the homeschool community speak with a strong, unified voice. We recommend that you join and stay in touch with TEACH through its emails and website as this challenge to homeschooling freedom continues to unfold.

Very truly yours,

Dee Black

Dewitt T. Black, III
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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