KY Homeschool Parents Pressured by Schools
Homeschool parents in Kentucky are reporting calls and even home visits from public school employees pressuring them to enroll their kids.
From HSLDA. When we received phone calls from three member families in Perry County Kentucky, I knew something was up. Each family told a slightly different story, but together they pointed to an all-out effort by local school officials to persuade these parents into sending their children back to the public school.
These contacts involved a variety of personnel and followed a pattern. Officials promised to ease students back into public school and make sure they had fun. If parents declined, officials increased the sales pressure.
One of the first homeschool moms to call us stated that a school nurse had telephoned to ask: “What can we do to convince you to send your child back to school in person?…”
After our member insisted the third time that they would not be returning their child to the public school, the nurse stated that the district would call back in July and conduct home visits. The school official then asked our member how she would feel about that….
More Going On
Several other families reported receiving similar calls—sometimes from multiple school officials who stressed all the fun things that homeschooled students were supposedly missing out on. Whenever a family declined to send their children back to school, the caller would warn that another contact would be made in the summer and that the district would start conducting random home visits.
And one family member did report being visited at home by Perry County school officials. In fact, three local school officials showed up in what the family described as a white unmarked police vehicle….
We drafted a letter to the superintendent of Perry County Schools….
We expect that Perry County will stop these unwanted calls and visits. However, we will be closely monitoring this situation. … We expect that more families could see similar behavior as school officials try to get more children to return.
How are you praying for the homeschoolers across the country? Share your thoughts and prayers in the comments.
(Excerpt from HSLDA. Photo Credit: Canva)
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