Friday, September 23, 2005

Where's The Beef??

The Southeast Missourian says:
Education legislation has divided those in favor of homeschooling with supporters applauding efforts to guard against discrimination, and opponents fearing government intervention.
"Guard against", "clarify". I don't feel discriminated against until I see legislation out and about that affects homeschoolers. Then anyone can take pot shots. In my viewpoint, guarding against and clarifying laws sounds like the other side (bureaucrats) revving up their accountability motors and running a group down that has been happily ignored.
This bill is a step in the right direction because homeschool needs should be addressed, said Mary Ray, who has homeschooled for the last 11 years.
Step in the right direction? There's more? I hope she isn't in on another HSLDA secret.
Ray's daughter, Nicole, attended four years at Southeast Missouri State University, graduated with honors and is a homeschool success story.
She did not face any discrimination when she applied because Southeast Missouri State University only looked at her GED score and her SAT score, but that is not true for all homeschool students who apply for college admittance, said Ray, of Cape Girardeau.
Where's the Beef?
Lowes said getting her daughter Victoria's homeschool hours accredited for college admittance will be difficult if they don't go through some of the homeschool programs that have online classes.
"Luckily the school system here is working pretty well with us in trying to make sure she gets credit for what we do here at home," she said.
Where's the Beef?
The bill also would allow federal education savings accounts to be used for homeschool expenses.
Ray said she would be interested in using those accounts for her homeschool expenses "if there's not a lot of strings attached."
Getting the picture here. Money. And there's always strings attached. People's sense of "a lot of strings" or not is relative, isn't it? Thanks but no thanks.
Some homeschool organizations such as National Home Education Legal Defense do not support any federal legislation that affects homeschooling because it is a "slippery slope," executive director Deborah Stevenson said in a news release
"It opens a door to federal legislation that is dangerous, unnecessary and will in the end hurt many homeschooling families," she said.
Stevenson said the potential harm outweighs the good and urges homeschool families to do more research before supporting the bill..
Thank you NHELD for your foresight.

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