Debunked: Home Schooling Parents in Ohio Jailed

MikeG

Senior Member.
Natural News offered this headline last week:

Parents now being thrown in jail in America for homeschooling their children


http://www.naturalnews.com/052940_homeschooling_Ohio_nanny_state.html

The claim here is pretty simple: The American police state is unjustly persecuting the “hapless, helpless citizen.” It is another example of the good versus evil story that is pretty common among conspiracy theorists.


Natural News derived most of the story from a post by the Home School Legal Defense Association.

A closer look reveals that no one has gone to jail. In fact, the story involves two sets of parents who failed to comply with state law regarding home schooling.

http://www.hslda.org/hs/state/oh/201602020.asp


So what is the law? I looked into the “labyrinth of rules, regulations and mandates, the amount of which is impossible to know, let alone comply with,” according to Natural News.

It took about five minutes to find the Ohio Department of Education website with specific guidelines on home schooling. They seemed pretty clear to me.

Home School.png
http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Quality-School-Choice/Home-Schooling


The Ohio Home School Law is also readily available online

http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Quality-School-Choice/Home-Schooling

The same is true for the relevant Ohio Code.

http://codes.ohio.gov/oac/3301-34


The code says this about truancy:

http://codes.ohio.gov/orc/2152.02

The parents involved clearly violated the law, exceeding “chronic” truancy by weeks, not days. It is unclear as to when school officials made written inquiries regarding the students’ absence, although it may have been difficult to actually find children who were not registered in school in the first place.

There are other remedies besides jail time for what is a misdemeanor. We’ll have to wait and see.
 

deirdre

Senior Member.
It took about five minutes to find the Ohio Department of Education website with specific guidelines on home schooling. They seemed pretty clear to me.
Having some trouble reading your gif, so pasting the text here



The parents involved clearly violated the law, exceeding “chronic” truancy by weeks, not days

The HSLDA links says

adding this link for informational purposes. Apparently not only do you have to let the school know each year but you have to provide "outline of study and materials"


My guess is if this is their first "mistake" they will get a warning (or "probation"), so they have some motivation not to "forget" next year. Unfortunately schools are still legally responsible for the children's educational welfare.
 

I notice a few things about this list of requirements:
  • Some of the information is actually incorrect. If you go to the provided link for O.R.C. assessment requirements, you'll find, for example, that an Ohio-licensed teacher is not the only person who may administer the standardized test or review the student's portfolio.
  • The grammar, punctuation, and outline structure are abysmal. It's difficult to tell whether the student must take the test and provide a portfolio assessment. (In fact, students can use the test or the portfolio assessment or an agreed-upon "alternative academic assessment" which isn't even mentioned.)
Obviously, Natural News is doing its usual over-the-top reporting, with a headline that is false. I'm inclined to take the original HSLDA article a bit more seriously, even though they can be considered a biased source. HSLDA's assertion is that the parents are being criminally prosecuted for committing a clerical error. I don't have enough information to know for certain whether this is true, but it does seem believable.
 

deirdre

Senior Member.
I notice a few things about this list of requirements:
  • Some of the information is actually incorrect. If you go to the provided link for O.R.C. assessment requirements, you'll find, for example, that an Ohio-licensed teacher is not the only person who may administer the standardized test or review the student's portfolio.
  • The grammar, punctuation, and outline structure are abysmal. It's difficult to tell whether the student must take the test and provide a portfolio assessment. (In fact, students can use the test or the portfolio assessment or an agreed-upon "alternative academic assessment" which isn't even mentioned.)
Obviously, Natural News is doing its usual over-the-top reporting, with a headline that is false. I'm inclined to take the original HSLDA article a bit more seriously, even though they can be considered a biased source. HSLDA's assertion is that the parents are being criminally prosecuted for committing a clerical error. I don't have enough information to know for certain whether this is true, but it does seem believable.
yea the second link i provide (which i got OFF the first link*) is much more thorough.
*upload_2016-2-17_22-43-18.png

The more specific statutes re: "truancy" are linked here. But all this really is just additional information to help people who are looking for more detailed information. And as you also state we don't now have enough information to determine if the schools were at fault for not following procedure. That the Court can decide.


The debunk is only, as you state, specifically the claim from Natural News:
[bunk]Parents now being thrown in jail in America for homeschooling their children [/bunk]
 

NoParty

Senior Member.
Parents now being thrown in jail in America for homeschooling their children

A closer look reveals that no one has gone to jail. In fact, the story involves two sets of parents who failed to comply with state law regarding home schooling.

If our starting point is the fairly well know fact that homeschooling is more common than it's ever been,
*
how the hell does nonsense like this get any traction?

As science (evolution, especially) and some politics/religion has led many conservative,
white families to try to shield their children from certain uncomfortable ideas...
http://www.nheri.org/research/research-facts-on-homeschooling.html

and sad racial realities now encourage more & more black families to steer clear of school for different reasons
http://www.theatlantic.com/educatio...of-homeschooling-among-black-families/385543/
we're seeing unprecedented home schooling

(and yes, it's often done for sad reasons, but, at the end of the day, the one-on-one attention a kid receives
will often outweigh the limited skills of a homeschooling parent)


Bottom line: Of course Natural News has the right to whine about evil, fascist government education...but you can't play the
"They're criminalizing homeschooling" card when the current system keeps making it easier...and the numbers reflect that.

Can't have it both ways. This is 3 steps beyond willful ignorance.





* Since no one used the term "Home schooling" for what passed for education at home, before the widespread availability of free public schooling...
 

MikeG

Senior Member.
Having some trouble reading your gif, so pasting the text here





The HSLDA links says

adding this link for informational purposes. Apparently not only do you have to let the school know each year but you have to provide "outline of study and materials"


My guess is if this is their first "mistake" they will get a warning (or "probation"), so they have some motivation not to "forget" next year. Unfortunately schools are still legally responsible for the children's educational welfare.

Agreed and thank you for the reposting the text.

I was surprised at the standard for a parent who is homeschooling; a GED or high school diploma. Pretty amazing given the certification standards my education majors must meet. Not what I'd call the actions of a "police state."
 

deirdre

Senior Member.
I was surprised at the standard for a parent who is homeschooling; a GED or high school diploma. Pretty amazing given the certification standards my education majors must meet.
i know, thats why everyone says teachers are over paid ;)

but seriously i think parents get the curriculum for the most part online..which was made and designed by real teachers.
 
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