Texas Supreme Court sidesteps key home schooling issue
almost 2 years ago
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"Problems for Laura and Michael McIntyre, who once educated their nine children in an empty office at the family's motorcycle dealership in El Paso, arose after an uncle told the school district that he never saw the children do much of anything educational. According to court filings, he also overheard of the children tell a cousin "they did not need to do schoolwork because they were going to be raptured," or blessed by the second coming of Jesus Christ."
"Texas doesn't require parents who home-school their children to register with state authorities. While families must meet "basic educational goals" in reading, spelling, grammar, mathematics and citizenship, they don't have to give standardized testing or otherwise prove student progress is made."
I really wish, on a national level, that we had a far better handle on this. I have all sorts of issues with how we conduct standardized testing, but there needs to be some more basic accountability that can be depended on from state to state. Ideally, it would clarify things for both parents, and districts, because that definitely seems a factor for this case.
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