Missouri Makes Another Grab for Children via Education

This was brought to my attention by Lisa Payne-Naegar: new legislation to lower the compulsory age for Missouri schoolchildren and require full school days for kindergartners:

It should be noted that this legislation will also affect homeschoolers. Democrats Sarah Lampe and Jeff Roorda think that the panacea to education problems is quantity, not quality.

We just defended our children from a governmental grab this past May. The current educational system is not working and teachers are hindered by the political bias of the NEA and an overbearing system. The amount of education isn’t the problem – it’s the effectiveness of teachers in the classroom, many of whom are hindered by the increasingly political NEA and overbearing system. If a boat is leaking you don’t continue sailing; you fix the boat.

I question the motives of Lampe and Roorda and wonder how much NEA push is behind this legislation. You can ask them yourselves, too:



More from Lisa:

They already deleted #7 with the intention of modifying homeschool law (credit hours for high school) even more than last year. Here is what was deleted (what was put into law last spring) from the proposed bill:

7. For purposes of subsection 2 of this section as applied in subsection 6 herein, a “completed credit towards high school graduation” shall be defined as one hundred hours or more of instruction in a course. Home school education enforcement and records pursuant to this section, and sections 210.167 and 211.031, RSMo, shall be subject to review only by the local prosecuting attorney.

(L. 1963 p. 200 § 8-3, A.L. 1977 H.B. 130, A.L. 1986 S.B. 795, A.L. 1990 S.B. 740, A.L. 1993 S.B. 380, A.L. 2004 S.B. 968 and S.B. 969, A.L. 2006 H.B. 1182, A.L. 2008 H.B. 1550, A.L. 2009 S.B. 291)
(Source: RSMo 1959 § 164.010)
Average daily attendance defined for apportionment of school money, RSMo 163.011
Provisions affecting metropolitan school district effective for school year beginning 2007-2008 and terminates after school year ending 2011-2012, RSMo 167.052
(2005) To be actionable, failure to cause child to attend school regularly must be done knowingly or purposely. State v. Self, 155 S.W.3d 756 (Mo.banc).

What really needs to happen, here, is that our lobbyists need to repeal the absurdities of last May and restore homeschooling freedoms that were taken away. Now they are trying to mandate all day kindergarten and will also require that compulsory attendance starts at 6 years of age. This means 1000 hours of schooling for 6 year old homeschoolers….