New Homeschool Law Guide — Can We Send It Back Unopened?

4 12 2008

So what’s this?

When I see Ohio and homeschooling in the same context, it spells trouble. (Is it a sign of cognitive clarity or confusion, do you think, that I’ve come to believe some states are just more troublesome than others? And they’re not all southern or California-crazy — Ohio and Minnesota are on top of my naughty list time after time, after wearying time.

And don’t forget this romp through MN’s homestate homeschool confusions.

So although this claims to “clarify” the law for all 50 states, coming from the wish list of Ohio school principal types through a law and rule expert, I’m doubting this is an early Christmas present for homeschoolers. (Any more than this lame idea was.)

PRESS RELEASE
Homeschooling Law Resource Guide – Released by the Education Law Association

Last update: 11:04 a.m. EST Dec. 3, 2008
DAYTON, Ohio, Dec 03, 2008 /PRNewswire-USNewswire via COMTEX/ — The Law of Homeschooling is a resource guide that provides information on recent updates to homeschool statutory and regulatory requirements for all fifty states as well as Washington D.C. This publication takes an in-depth look at each state’s legal requirements under which parents may provide a home-based education to their children.

Confusion over homeschooling law exists within a vast realm of subject areas. This resource guide answers those questions. The publication is intended to be used by parents, students, homeschool advocates, and public school officials to do what is in the best interests of the children: to ensure that each child receives an appropriate education within the context and scope of the law.

A range of topics addressed within this guide include attendance, athletics, testing and placement, class rank, regulation of teachers and tutors, special education, and academic progress. The publication’s chapters are: Introduction to Homeschooling, Historical Overview of Homeschooling, State Statutes and Regulations Governing Homeschools, Public School Systems and Homeschool Students, and Special Education and Homeschools. Also contained is a discussion of state and federal requirements on homeschool funding and services for children with disabilities.

The author, Brian D. Schwartz, J.D., is the Associate Director and General Counsel to the Illinois Principals Association. He also maintains an active private law practice in the field of education law and is an adjunct professor at the University of Illinois in Springfield. Mr. Schwartz is the immediate past-chair of the Illinois State Bar Association’s Education Law Section Council and was a member of the Education Law Association’s Board of Directors from 2004-07.

Established in 1954, the Education Law Association (ELA) is a national nonprofit 501(c)(3) member association located at the University of Dayton. ELA promotes interest in and understanding of the legal framework of education and the rights of students, parents, school administrators, school boards, and school employees in public and private K-12 educational institutions, as well as higher education.

The Education Law Association serves its members by providing monthly case law summaries, books on current education law topics, networking opportunities with professionals across the globe, various educational seminars held throughout the year, and an annual conference.
For information regarding the Education Law Association, the annual conference, or to order The Law of Homeschooling, call ELA or visit http://www.educationlaw.org.

SOURCE Education Law Association
Copyright (C) 2008 PR Newswire. All rights reserved

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9 responses

4 12 2008
JJ

LOL! So try the link, and the first thing you see is their REAL mission. I don’t want you to be um, confused about who they’re really serving, what with all the pretty press release talk about the best interests of the child and all.

(If I could print it upside down here like an answer key, I would. Anybody know how to do that?)

Oh all right. Too good not to, here it is:
“Serving three divergent constituency groups from across the country:
Attorneys, Professors, and School Administrators”

I guess “divergence” is in the eye of the beholder!

p.s. And check out their “vision” —
“ELA will be known as the premier source of information on education law.”

4 12 2008
JJ

If this confuses anybody, ask.

4 12 2008
JJ

And I should’ve linked the original source of this press release, it’s relevant.
The Wall Street Journal’s Market Watch, of course.

“Unbiased information” is the claim.
This is why the source matters, not as the only thing that matters but it’s important to find out and consider. The OH homeschoolers backed by Home Education Magazine, standing firmly against public virtuals and charters as not-homeschooling are a self-interested source too, just like these OH lawyers and principals who see homeschooling as a drain on profits unless they can co-opt a piece of it with clever business strategies.

When the We Stand campaigners hold “information” meetings to “help” parents and children understand the legal differences and their legal rights and responsibilities between charters and home education, there may be lots of useful, factual info. But it isn’t without a political agenda in which their own interests come first, any more than this law guide is.

4 12 2008
JJ

So Law of Homeschooling will be available for purchase Monday Dec. 8 (the day after Pearl Harbor Day??)

It costs $35.60 plus S/H and it is 84 pgs total — about a buck for every two pages then. I am betting this is federal income tax-deductible to everyone involved in their target audience, except of course us homeschooling families. We won’t even be able to deduct it from our SCHOOL PROPERTY TAXES!

4 12 2008
NanceConfer

All of this info is available for free. Seems like a poor marketing choice.

Nance

4 12 2008
JJ

Depends on who you all can get to buy it anyway, I guess.
Sometimes I despise academics.

16 12 2008
JJ

Daryl ordered a copy and tonight he posted his personal review .

17 12 2008
COD

Actually – they sent Daryl a review copy. He is way too cheap to buy something like that 🙂

17 12 2008
JJ

LOL – I stand corrected. (Happily)

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