Homeschool Information You Need
Are you new to homeschooling or have a friend who is considering homeschooling? This is your opportunity to ask questions and gather information. Greensboro Home Educators (GHE) in conjunction with the Greensboro Public Library sponsors these meetings to share information concerning requirements within North Carolina and suggest program resources.
When: 7-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 3
Where: Hemphill Branch Library, 2301 W. Vandalia Rd. Greensboro, NC 27407
If you have further questions, please contact Patrice at email@example.com .
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There is a “Grand Opening Autumn Fest” on Tuesday evening, October 29th from 4:30-8 p.m. at the Spring Theatre.
The Theatre is also offering homeschoolers a special dance class in January; Dance history and Techniques. The classes will meet on Thursdays.
For more information visit their website, visit their Open House tonight or contact them at 336-924-7028.
Legislators, including Lt. Governor Dan Forest have called on home educators and the NC DNPE to reject home visits by the state in favor of continuing the more cost-effective method of reporting by mail.
Many home schooling families contacted their representatives when it was announced the new Director of the DNPE, David Mills would visit randomly chosen homeschools in our state, and that he was requesting a 30 minute appointment/interview in the home of each of the homeschools chosen.
From what I understand, Mr. Mills intended this to be a way of connecting with those who are teaching their children at home and to mollify some in our state who have been critical of NC’s Homeschooling Laws recently. Mr. Mills is very pro-homeschooling according to homeschoolers who know him personally and those who have met him for homeschool reviews.
Home educators who were against the home visits, are not opposed to providing the information the law requires; annual results of a nationally standardized test which covers the subject areas of grammar, reading, spelling and mathematics, (when requested by the state) and keeping record of immunization and attendance on the premises of the school. They were rather, concerned that their right to privacy was not being upheld. Families that send their students to private or public schools are only subject to home visits if something is found amiss. Home educators simply want their privacy rights upheld and to be treated in the same way other citizens in our country are treated.
Of course, most home educators would gladly open their homes to visit with someone who is friendly and interested in home education, as it is purported that the new director is, but there is no guarantee that the appointed position will always be filled by someone who is supportive of education that is not in a traditional school setting, or that he would be the one conducting the visits all the time.
Once the DNPE has this new “requirement” met, which is not demanded by law, the expectation would be that the home visits should continue. In addition, we have effectively opened the door, to potential problems and even further regulation which our laws have not required of us.
For more details about the changes, you can see the Press Release from the Lt. Gov. and the DNPE here:
What a great civics lesson this has been for our home schooled students !
Thanks for reading~
- Lt. Gov. Forest calls on parents to reject home school visits (wral.com)
- NC Policy watch… (nchomeschoolinfo.wordpress.com)
- NC Welcomes New Director of Non-Public Education (nchomeschoolinfo.wordpress.com)
NC Policy watch: Mr. Mills told them that for the first time in 22 years, he will randomly select five home schools to visit and inspect for compliance this month. He hasn’t been able to visit them at all thanks to the explosion in numbers, he said, during the past two decades. During that time Mills conducted record reviews in church basements.
The home schools will have advanced notice of Mills’ visits.
So get your attendance records, immunization records, and proof of annual testing ready- you never know when your homeschool will be randomly chosen for a review
Recently, I have noticed a trend –any state that has minimal oversight over home schools is being pressured to increase oversight of all home educators.
They are using the media and blogging to promote the idea that a lot of homeschoolers are abusers who will never be caught if their kids don’t have to go to public school, or if more vague and mysterious “regulation” is not implemented.
Cases such as that of North Carolina’s Rowan County teen, Erica Parsons have rightly caused concern.
Unfortunately, that concern is about the fact that she was supposedly homeschooled.
Rather than turning attention to all the missed opportunities to protect this child, people (media pundits and bloggers, at least) blame home education!
But there are lots of reasons to question how this situation was handled, only one of which was her being home schooled.
Some facts in this case:
- Prior to adopting Erica, her adoptive father was twice convicted of domestic assault- that’s right- convicted!
- The adoption went through, even with the agency fully aware of this information. There was deemed to be no danger to the child.
- Eleven years ago the family was reported for child abuse & an investigation was closed with NO FOLLOW-UP
- The extended family was fully aware of abuse and neglect both physical and mental, and NOW they step up to tell authorities.
- Even close family members such as Erica’s step brother didn’t speak out about the disappearance and other problems until she had not been seen for two years.
- The family received government money to care for Erica as a disabled child, but no oversight of the welfare of the child was given.
Parson’s birth mother is now calling for an “Erica’s law” that would require greater oversight of- yep, that’s right- home schools.
A more valuable way to help children in a situation like Erica’s, would be to reform the slipshod rules that govern these agencies, many of whom, had contact with Erica even before she would have been required to attend a public school and before a Notice of Intent to Homeschool would have been filed!
- Why not call for reform of the adoptive agency that sent a disabled toddler to a family with a history of physical violence?
- Why not call for reform of the Child Protective Services department which received information about her abuse and then closed this case with no follow-up?
- Why not call for reform of the laws that allow a family to collect government checks to care for, and educate a disabled child with no requirement that the child actually be shown to be healthy and well cared for?
- Why not hold extended family members responsible- those who knew about abuse and neglect and never stopped it or even reported it?
- Why not???
Why wouldn’t we use this case as an opportunity to improve the rules that govern the agencies that are supposed to be able to help a precious child like Erica, rather than discuss regulating an entire portion of the population, small though it may be?
Erica Parson’s case is a tragedy that could have been, and should have been stopped before she was even of compulsory school age in 2005 when her mother began to “homeschool” her:
- In the year 2000 the adoptive agency should have just said “No” to letting a child live with a guy who was convicted of physical abuse- period! There are deadly consequences to avoid and it seems like a “no-brainer” to me!
- In 2002 – a report of child abuse was filed, and an investigation closed that should have had follow-up. With all these bright red, waving flags, you simply closed the case- REALLY?
Experts even complain that CPS needs better tools to assess danger to a child in cases where child abuse is reported.
Erica was already “on the radar” of Child Protective services. Records show that an investigation into child abuse allegations in the home was closed, although family members allege that the child was beaten and abandoned by the adoptive parents. Family members allege that her adoptive parents stated that they took her in only for the “monthly payments”.
There were red flags and missed opportunities in this horrible case before the child ever would have gone to public school. Sadly, children who attend public and non-public schools are also abused and neglected, and abusers continue to slip through the radar.
According to data from the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System (NCANDS), 51 States reported a total of 1,545 fatalities. Based on these data, a nationally estimated 1,570 children died from abuse and neglect in 2011. This translates to a rate of 2.10 children per 100,000 children in the general population and an average of four children dying every day from abuse or neglect. This rate remained unchanged from FFY 2010. NCANDS defines “child fatality” as the death of a child caused by an injury resulting from abuse or neglect or where abuse or neglect was a contributing factor.
As shocking as Erica’s story is, it is even more shocking that those numbers fail to put us into action. Better rules for these agencies would help identify and protect all those children- not just those who are educated at home. Better procedures would increase the likelihood of those children who are at risk of being abused and might make it easier for children to speak out about abuse in their home.
Regulating those agencies and holding them responsible for their inaction, would also allow homeschooling parents to enjoy the same freedom that others expect- being considered innocent until found guilty.
The focus should be brought back to finding ways to help abused children right away. The spotlight should shine on the mistakes made by the individuals in our child welfare system, not on the homeschoolers in our communities!
Laws which purport to regulate a group of people who have never had child abuse allegations or convictions against them, only draw the eye away from a genuine problem and place the gaze of the public on that easy “fix”, which is no “fix” at all.
I hope that because of this heartbreaking case, those agencies will push for better training, tools and rules. l hope that our government will realize the need to focus on changes that can happen quickly and that will affect outcomes directly, such as the ones I mentioned here. And I hope that the general public will not now view as “potential criminals” those who simply want to give their kids an education at home.
Please remember that October is National Domestic Violence Month – you can get help.
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- Police: Foul Play Suspected In Missing Girl Case (charlotte.cbslocal.com)
- Did Erica Parsons send IM to bio mom? (badbreeders.net)
North Carolina’s Department of Non-public education, established in 1979, oversees both private schools and home educators in the state.
Recently, a new Division Director was appointed. David Mills has worked in the division of non-public education previously and has been an education consultant for the division in the past.
Mr. Mills has worked with the DNPE for 25 years, reviewing compliance records and conducting visits.
According to NC Policy watch:
Mr. Mills told them that for the first time in 22 years, he will randomly select five home schools to visit and inspect for compliance this month. He hasn’t been able to visit them at all thanks to the explosion in numbers, he said, during the past two decades. During that time Mills conducted record reviews in church basements.
The home schools will have advanced notice of Mills’ visits.
Although his background is in working with conventional Non-public schools, we look forward to seeing the direction that he will take with Home Education.
Welcome, Mr. Mills!
Piedmont Future Filmmakers Club is casting this SATURDAY October 5, 10am-12:30pm- at the Davie County, Mocksville Branch Library, Multi-media room and at the same location on TUESDAY, Oct. 8th from 7:15-8:15 pm. P.F.F. is a student-led club made up of middle and high school students from public, private and homeschools, who want to learn more about making movies. Students work together to produce, write, direct and edit their own videos.
Currently, Piedmont Future Filmmakers Club is looking for student actors 13-18 years old (or those who look 13-18 years old) for speaking parts. Our new movie has 7 main characters; 4 female and 3 male, 1 adult actor and lots of teen/tween “extras” for non-speaking parts in a costume party scene. Our newest production which is a comedy, “horror spoof” will begin filming in November.
More information about our club and projects, including a trailer of last years’ movie which is being shown at the Cucalorus film festival in November, is at our website http://www.piedmontfuturefilmmakers.com.
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 336-293-3477 if you have any questions.
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