Proposed legislation in some U.S. states targets home educators in a move that one homeschool advocacy group says “only get us closer to an Orwellian world.”
Iowa HF 272 requires homeschool families who do not report to their school district in conducting their home education to submit to “health and safety visits” quarterly by “the board of directors of a school district.”
If parents decline, the proposed law says, “the juvenile court or district court upon a showing of probable cause may authorize the person making the home visit to enter the home and interview or observe the child.”
The law doesn’t explain why a school district would conduct “health and safety visits,” nor is “probable cause” defined.
But the party performing the visit on behalf of the school district would be a mandatory reporter, and the district can collaborate on the mandated home visits with the Department of Human Services, which in turn can collaborate with the state’s Department of Education.
A similar bill calling for a home investigation of homeschool families was recently introduced in Illinois. The visits there would be performed by the Child Protective Service Unit of the Department of Children and Family Services.
Iowa state Rep. Mary Mascher, a Democrat, introduced the bill, which is one of two introduced thus far during this legislative session requiring home visits for homeschool families.
“This bill essentially puts homeschooling families on the level of parents who have been accused or have had a finding of child abuse or neglect,” said Shane Vander Hart, editor of the education policy website Truth in American Education.
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