Monday, April 05, 2004

Wisconsin abuse case

Homeschoolers in Wisconsin are getting attention because of an alleged case of child abuse of a 17 year old girl.

"The Necedah case shouldn't reflect negatively on the home-school program because the victim wasn't home-schooled at all, said Larry Kaseman, director of the Wisconsin Parents Association. He said this was one of thousands of truancy cases the state fails to investigate each year.

"Intervention by school and county officials -- not changes to state law -- are what that case required, he said. "Home schooling has a very positive track record in Wisconsin," he said. "You would end up ruining a good law that has worked very well for 20 years to do the impossible."

Critics of the state's home education regulations say the rules are too lax and leave room for exploitation, but they recognize that homeschoolers will vigorously oppose any effort to change it.

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