May 17, 2024

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Michigan’s homeschool parents OUTRAGED by Democrats’ registry for ALL students – vow to fight ‘red tape’ and home inspections in new culture war frontline

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Michigan’s homeschooling parents have vowed to fight plans by state Democrats to force families who opt out of public schools to sign on to a mandatory registry.

The Michigan Christian Homeschool Network and other groups have held meetings to rally support and protect themselves from what they call unnecessary red tape and supervision.

Officials in the Democrat-run state seek more oversight of homeschooling, including a registry of students who opt out, after reports of child abuse that were linked to education in private homes.

Israel Wayne, vice president of the Christian network that represents 11,000 families, said he saw ‘absolutely no benefit’ to a registry.

Israel Wayne, vice president of the Michigan Christian Homeschool Network, has vowed to fight the homeschooling registry

Israel Wayne, vice president of the Michigan Christian Homeschool Network, has vowed to fight the homeschooling registry

Parents have held meetings in recent weeks to galvanize efforts against more scrutiny of homeschoolers

Parents have held meetings in recent weeks to galvanize efforts against more scrutiny of homeschoolers 

‘It doesn’t help students academically,’ he told Bridge Michigan.

‘It doesn’t keep any student safe. It’s needless government red tape.’

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Should homeschool families have to register with the government?

  • Yes 69 votes
  • No 228 votes
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The uproar in the Great Lakes State comes as ever more families across the US homeschool their kids, often over political and religious views or fears about the quality of education and safety in public schools.

Michigan has relatively relaxed rules on homeschooling.

It is one of 11 states where parents don’t have to tell anyone they are opting out of traditional schools.

Unlike homeschoolers in New York and Massachusetts, those in Michigan don’t have to take proficiency tests.

Officials seek to tighten the rules after the arrests in December of two couples in the Lansing area accused of abusing and profiting from nearly 30 kids they adopted and homeschooled.

Attorney General Dana Nessel said the couples were able to ‘go unnoticed’ thanks to poor oversight of homeschooling across her state of 10 million people.

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel says homeschooling can be a cover for child abuse

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel says homeschooling can be a cover for child abuse  

Democrat officials want to close the 'loophole' for homeschoolers in Michigan

Democrat officials want to close the ‘loophole’ for homeschoolers in Michigan

The Michigan Christian Homeschool Network says it's possible to offer a better education than at public schools

The Michigan Christian Homeschool Network says it’s possible to offer a better education than at public schools

The Democrat called for ‘monitoring mechanisms’ so homeschooled kids got ‘necessary protections.’

State lawmaker Matt Koleszar, also a Democrat, called it a ‘loophole’ that let ‘abusive parents’ exploit youngsters.

No legislation is yet on the table, but State Superintendent Michael Rice says it should be.

In a letter to lawmakers last month, Rice said homeschooling in Michigan was on the rise and that a registry of all kids would help.

By one estimate, the number of homeschooled Michigan youth rose from about 134,000 in 2018 to about 150,000 in 2022.

A registry would offer a ‘clearer understanding of the children not currently enrolled in any learning environment,’ Rice wrote.

These moves alarm Wayne and leaders of other pro-homeschooling groups, including Citizens for Traditional Values, Liberty Leaders Unite and Salt and Light Global.

Homeschooling has traditionally popular among Christian conservatives, but ever more parents see it as an option nowadays

Homeschooling has traditionally popular among Christian conservatives, but ever more parents see it as an option nowadays 

Some parents say a crackdown is more likely now Democrats run the Michigan legislature, and a registry could be just the start.

‘You give the government an inch, and they’re going to end up taking a mile,’ a homeschooling mom known only as Elaine told local television last month.

Next, officials would impose curriculums, testing, and even home inspections on families, she said.

‘We don’t want those extra miles being taken,’ she added.

Flushing resident Clarence Goodlein said officials planned to introduce education standards that most homeschool families could not meet.

It could ‘force those families’ children into public schools,’ Goodlein told Bridge Michigan.

The National Home Education Research Institute says homeschooling held high after the pandemic

The National Home Education Research Institute says homeschooling held high after the pandemic

Meenakshi Simmons, a homeschooling parent in Lansing, the state capital, said the increasingly toxic debate was going to ‘turn into another culture war.’

Homeschooling shot up across the US when schools were shuttered during the pandemic — and it appears to be here to stay.

It is now the fastest-growing form of education in the country, a Washington Post analysis shows.

The pandemic-era rise in homeschooling continued into the 2022-23 school year after the virus ebbed, says the study.

There are currently between 1.9 million and 2.7 million homeschooled students in America.

Families opt out for many reasons — from political and religious views to fears of bullying, racism, drug dealing or gun violence in schools.

Some parents simply feel they can do a better job than most teachers and enjoy the challenge.

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