Parents in several states across the country have been “shocked” to learn that they cannot remove their children from public schools, Fox News, the largest law firm in the United States for homeschool families, told.
Coronavirus restrictions have hit public schools particularly hard and have had no obvious consequences, further exacerbating the already weak erosion of student funding.
A RealClear opinion study survey shows With 40 per cent more families in homeschooling when the lockdown ban was lifted, there was a significant increase in the number of children in the 25 million children who were taught at home before the stay order was issued.
T.J. Schmidt, a lawyer for the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA), which provides legal services to meet the requirements for transferring children from public school to home school, said the school has seen an incentive for parents to try to pull their children out of the public eye.
He said, and government schools are pushing back.
“We’re seeing it all over the country,” Schmidt said. “To me, school officials have tried to prevent or deter their children from being pulled out.”
He said schools have been unable to process paperwork to withdraw students from the public school system.
“There are two main reasons… school officials are afraid to lose many students from overtime schools, and the second reason is probably a staff-related problem, simply a lack of staffing to process these withdrawals. It’s not always a matter of trying to keep parents out of homeschooling, but there are a significant number of people involved. “
Schmidt, a father of seven who homeschooled his children, aged 3 to 16 in North Virginia, said he has other cases in Oregon, Oklahoma and New York. His colleagues have been sued in Pennsylvania, North Carolina and California.
“I had the worst situation in Florida,” he said, adding that it’s usually a great state at Holmes School. “But a number of parents told me at a few separate counters that ‘we are not being allowed to pick up the students right now’ – they are trying to hold on to these students.”
Public school districts receive funds based on the number of students enrolled in their system and thus parents tend to lose funds if their children choose to go to home school.
Many school districts are asking for more money after being forced to go virtual. The Philadelphia school district is facing a 38 million deficit for the next school year, which the coronavirus fears could rise to 1 1 billion over the next five years. The Philadelphia Tribune reported.
215 School advocates sent an open letter to Joe Biden describing a “shortage of national teachers and a reduction in educational opportunities for many of our students” and the “COVID-19 epidemic” only weakens public education. . ”
There are various reasons why parents are now choosing homeschooling.
“Some of these families were already thinking about homeschooling and COVID-19 pushed them to the brink. Other families are concerned about how the districts have handled the situation, ”Schmidt said.
“Whether it’s a civilian misconception or something worse where they are actively working to prevent parents from educating their children at home, HSLDA ensures that we are protecting, supporting and assisting the family,” he added. “Our goal is to make sure they understand the legal requirements, responsibilities and even the joys of homeschooling.”
Harvard Law Professor Elizabeth Bartholet Came under fire For her comments in a May-June article in Harvard Magazine, she described homeschooling as “risky” and even called it “dangerous” and called for “presumptive bans” on homeschooling.