The news link:
The motivation for the bill (Ohio Senate Bill 248) was the tragic case of a 14-year-old who was being abused. The school suspected abuse, and his mother pulled him out. He was beaten to death by his mother’s boyfriend of three years. According to a site set up against child abuse in homeschooling, the abuse had been going on for three years:
The hsinvisiblechildren link notes that Teddy’s Law (as S.248 is known) would require schools to check parents who homeschool against state rosters of child abuse. The first link I gave also notes that parents must have in-home interviews conducted by a social worker, and the children be interviewed separately, before permission will be given for homeschooling.
While I applaud the motivation of this bill - to prevent abusive parents from taking their kids out of the purview of school teachers and staff who could detect signs of abuse and intervene - I think it’s overly broad and difficult to impose. At the same time, I can’t think of a better way to monitor kids who don’t go to school - to give that extra layer of supervision that teachers who are trained to spot abuse provide already.