Tanya Acevedo received a home visit from Child Protective Services saying that they were investigating her for “educational neglect” because she had legally withdrawn her child from the public system to homeschool.
Yes, you heard that right. Acevedo had followed the law to the fullest extent, yet the school district still sent CPS!
After Tanya let them in, a CPS investigator insisted that they interview her child in private. (NO!!!!!)
They inspected the apartment, including a look inside Tanya’s refrigerator. The officer left Tanya with stern instructions to produce documents and her child the next day at the CPS office.
The Christian Post reports:
The Home School Legal Defense Association announced in December that it filed a lawsuit against the New York City Department of Education, alleging that the department’s Central Office of Home Schooling is systemically mishandling homeschooling paperwork and failing to record students being withdrawn from public schools.
Listed in the lawsuit as a plaintiff is Tanya Acevedo, a new homeschool mother who was subjected to a 60-day investigation from New York state’s Administration for Children Services last year after her son’s former public school continued to mark him as “absent” even though she took all the steps legally necessary to officially withdraw her son from public school and notify the district that he was being homeschooled.
Even though Acevedo sent a notice of intent to homeschool her son to the superintendent via certified mail, it was never registered in the central office, therefore, her son accrued unexcused absences. After so many weeks of absences, Acevedo’s son was referred to a truancy officer and social services for investigation.
But as HSLDA staff attorney T.J. Schmidt told The Christian Post on Tuesday, the Acevedos aren’t the only ones who’ve been affected by the “ineptitude” of the central office.
“Before the Acevedo family, I probably dealt with nearly a dozen situations in the past six months,” Schmidt said. “This is a regular situation that comes up.”
The New York Public Schools seem to believe that you need to have their permission to withdraw your student from their system. The law says different. So now they get sued.
There is a sickness within the halls of our public schools that the school is smarter than the parents. I have said it before and I will say it again.
In the Biblical illustration of slave and master. The school and district are public servants. That would make the parents and taxpayer the master, not the school.