|Home schoolers support legislation to prevent withdrawal of students|
The Coalition for Responsible Home Education (CRHE), a national nonprofit which advocates for homeschooled children, says it supports Tennessee legislation that would make it a misdemeanor to withdraw a child from school with the intent to hinder an active child abuse or child neglect investigation. The bill would also require parents under investigation for child abuse or neglect to receive permission from the investigating agency before altering a child's school enrollment. States across the country, including Tennessee, created homeschool statutes to give children access to another form of education, says Dr. Rachel Coleman. "Unfortunately, some abusive parents have realized that they can use these same laws to isolate their children and conceal maltreatment," she says. In a study published in 2014, researches at the University of Wisconsin found that 47% of the school-age child torture victims were removed from school to be homeschooled; and in 2018, a state official in Connecticut found that 36% of children removed from school to be homeschooled lived in families that were subject to at least one prior child abuse or neglect report.
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