Thursday, March 10

WEAC: Close Virtual Schools, Too Much Parental Participation

I'm not making this up. I wish I could say that I were. In an effort to shut down the virtual schools in Wisconsin WEAC with the help of the DPI has charged that parents are too involved with their children's education.

As the families put it:

?This suit is an outrage,. said Coalition member Bob Reber, whose child is a kindergarten student in WIVA. "It's an attempt to shut down a public school that encourages strong partnerships between parents and teachers. something both DPI and WEAC say is a 'key to academic success!'"

The complaint by DPI and WEAC officially questions the .moral character. of parents who participate in public education, a legal maneuver that threatens the right of every parent in Wisconsin who seeks to participate in their child's education.

If such language is stomached by the courts as a rational for dropping these schools this presents a serious situation for any type of parental involvement in a child's education AND ANY type of homeschooling.

This is Unconstitutional. Very.

The Supreme Court (Wisconsin v. Yoder and Peirce v. Society of Sisters) have always upheld the rights of a parents to educate their children as they see fit.

From Pierce: "The fundamental theory of liberty upon which all governments in this Union reposes excludes any general power of the State to standardize its children by forcing them to accept instruction from public teachers only. The child is not the mere creature of the state; those who nurture him and direct his destiny have the right coupled with the high duty, to recognize and prepare him for additional obligations."

Hat tip: Blog General