NJ Lawmakers Want Stricter Oversight On Home-Schooling

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey lawmaker wants parents who home-school their children to submit portfolios of student work and proof of annual medical examinations.

Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle says she is introducing oversight legislation in response to the death of Christiana Glenn. The 8-year-old from Irvington died in May from malnutrition and a broken bone that was never treated. The girl and her two siblings were not attending school.

Huttle says New Jersey currently has almost no accountability requirements for home schooling.

Her bill would require parents to show annual work in reading, writing, and math.

It would also prohibit children under state child welfare supervision from being home-schooled.

Child welfare officials had investigated multiple complaints that Glenn and her siblings were being neglected.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

  • bottomline

    This family had already been investigated for child neglect and the investigators failed to prevent this tragedy. If Assemblywoman Huttle wants to do some good, correct the schools’ problems so parents won’t want to keep their children home.
    It seems, Assemblywoman Huttle’s idea is to get her nose into our homes, then create more rules, then more paper work and more investigators and of course more failures – all at taxpayers expense.
    Another example of taxpayer supported public servants we don’t want or need. Get out of our lives – China, North Korea and others will welcome these intrusive services.

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