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Over at Real Clear Education, Homeschool Advocates to Betsy DeVos: We ‘Want to Be Left Alone by Federal Government’

The Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) are pretty clear that when the government funds something, it also attaches the strings. On a positive note, "Common Core and other federal overreach in public education has driven more families to choose homeschooling.” The crux of the article is as follows.

In February, Iowa Rep. Steve King created a firestorm when he introduced H.R. 610, the Choices in Education Act of 2017, a bill that Estrada asserted “would be a slippery slope toward more federal involvement and control in homeschooling.”

Estrada explained the bill would essentially create a “federal right to homeschool”:

While this sounds good, HSLDA has fought — successfully—for decades to make sure that there is no “federal right to homeschool” because what could be created by a favorable Congress could be regulated by a future, hostile Congress. It is far better (and far more constitutionally sound) for education decisions—and homeschool freedom—to be protected at the state level. We ask our friends at the federal level to simply leave homeschooling families alone. [bold emphasis added]

While this may be self-evident to the more astute reader, seeing it stated so clearly and forthrightly makes it readily available to many who might read it and go: Hmm. That's a good point.

Many here are aware of lassie-faire with regard to economics transmitting the message of 'leave us alone', or 'let us be' to government—it is good to see it flourishing in the smaller mom and pop gardens on the educational front as well.

Education is far to important to be relegated to the machinery of state.

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