Update: Action by Homeschool parents delays vote on House Floor
I want to thank each of you who took the time to send a clear and respectful message to your State Legislator asking them NOT to support the "Education Begins at Home Act" resolution, (HR 81). The resolution was not brought to the floor for a vote, YET. The House will not be in session again until Wednesday, August 1, 2007. I would ask you to be diligent in watching for this resolution. You may want to send a kind note to the Floor Leader, Steve Tobocman, asking him to NOT bring this resolution up for a vote. You can contact him here. He is the one who decides which items are brought up for vote. If you missed my first alert, a copy of it is below. Thanks again for your attention.
House moves "Education Begins at Home Act" resolution
Attention parents: The Michigan House of Representatives is moving a non-binding resolution to encourage the U.S. Congress to enact the "Education Begins at Home Act." It sounds good, doesn't it? Don't be fooled. It is a move to inject more government into the role of parenting. Read the Resolution here.
The Home School Legal Defense Association has issued a clear explanation of this legislation. Read it here.
Not only does this bill further the process of usurping parental authority, it appropriates $500 million of your tax dollars for the program. Are kids being hurt at home? Are there bad parents? Yes. But since when is the government capable of being a better parent? If there are parents who are abusing their children, they need to be brought to justice. Another program where the government is coming to your home to help you raise your children is not the solution.
Contact your state representative now to respectfully express your opposition.