HSLDA Senior Counsel Dewitt Black has closely been monitoring the recent proposal in Connecticut to regulate homeschooling and has released the following statement:
"To assert that there is any connection between homeschooling and violence in public schools is simply ludicrous. There is no evidence to support this. The proposal by the governor’s Sandy Hook Advisory Commission appears to be a knee-jerk reaction to this tragedy without an examination of the educational history of the perpetrator, Adam Lanza. According to the report released by the Office of the State’s Attorney in November 2013, Lanza was a public school student, except for a brief time in middle school when he attended a private school. Apparently he attended public school on site until around the 10th grade, at which time his mother chose other public school options at home. Lanza graduated and received a diploma from Newtown High School in 2009, an option not available to any student who was homeschooled. The Sandy Hook shooting took place some 3 ½ years later.
Home School Legal Defense Association will vigorously oppose any effort to subject homeschool students to involuntary mental health screenings and any attempt to deny parents the constitutional right to choose homeschooling as an educational option for their children."
We hope that such tragedies can be avoided by reasonable means. We will keep you updated with more on the situation.
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The IAHE is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1983 for the purpose of serving the Lord Jesus Christ by supporting and encouraging families interested in home education. We define home education as parent-directed, home-based, privately-funded discipleship.
Our primary functions are maintaining visibility as home educators with civil government leaders, influencing the legislative process to protect our freedom to home educate, publishing information of interest for home educators, and sponsoring seminars and events to encourage families.