As the grandparent of two home-schooled children, I absolutely believe in this alternative type of education. But as a responsible citizen, I also believe home-school parents need to verify they are providing an adequate education, just as we require our schools to do [More home-school oversight backed, July 23].
I felt it was wrong when the state removed verification requirements. Education is not up to parents alone. We have long since deemed education to rest with the state and the parents. We have compulsory education laws to enforce that. The state is not living up to its responsibility to the children who reside here if it doesn’t require parents to be as accountable as our public schools.
As far as children in foster care, the state removed them from their families. Foster parents have replaced state-run institutions in caring for children in need of assistance and are, therefore, surrogates for the state. The state has 100 percent of the fiduciary responsibility to see to the foster children’s health, education and general welfare in homes selected by state employees. If that means documentation of health care visits and placing the children in a public school, so be it. To do anything less is child endangerment.
— Margaret Ludington, Altoona
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