Tuesday, June 14, 2005

June 22, 2005 Call-in Protest Day for Connecticut Education Issue

PRESS RELEASE

For immediate release

NATIONAL HOME EDUCATION LEGAL DEFENSE
(NHELD)

www.nheld.com

Attorney Deborah G. Stevenson, Executive Director
(860) 354-3590

Judy Aron, Research Director
(860) 523-7257

CONNECTICUT PARENTS SCHEDULE A “CALL IN DAY” TO URGE GOVERNOR RELL TO END ABUSIVE PRACTICES BY THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION AND PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICTS

Connecticut parents from across the state are outraged that children are being held hostage in our public schools by administrators coercing and intimidating parents into compliance with illegal demands before parents are allowed to withdraw the children from enrollment.

On June 22, 2005, parents will be calling Governor Rell’s office at (860) 566-4840 to ask her to end this abuse.

Among other things, parents want to know why the Governor has taken absolutely no action to end this abuse since she was first informed about it in 2004.

Parents also want to know why the state Education Department legal staff continues to tell public school districts that “only the public school districts have the authority to determine when a child is no longer enrolled in a public school.”

Parents want to know why she has taken no action to direct the state Education Department to have the language in the “Suggested Procedure for Home Instruction”, otherwise known as the C-14 Guidelines, accurately reflect existing state law. (Even though they are only a suggested procedure, the Guidelines state that parents “must” file a Notice of Intent and attend a portfolio review, (even though no state statute requires any such thing,) or the children “may be considered truant”, (even though truancy does not apply to children who are no longer enrolled in a public or private school.)

Parents are demanding that Governor Rell and the state Department of Education immediately eliminate from the Guidelines the phrase, “must file a Notice of Intent and attend a portfolio review” and the phrase, “may be considered truant” so that the Guidelines accurately reflect existing law.

Failure to have the Guidelines conform to existing law does nothing more than condone and officially sanction the continued abuse of authority and criminal coercion by state and local government officials.

Parents are outraged by this abuse and will not tolerate it any further.

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