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Home-Shooled Tragedies Rarely Lead to New Rules

Associated Press - December 7, 2015 6:21 am

The case of a missing 7-year-old Kansas boy who is believed to be dead has renewed calls for better oversight of home-schooled children, but state lawmakers say there’s no reason to make any changes to home-schooling laws.

Earlier this year two home-school children were found in a freezer in Detroit two years after they vanished, while an 11-year-old Florida girl also turned up in a family freezer after being missing more than a year.

Home-schooling researcher Rob Kunzman says such horrific events often create a short-term effort to increase regulations in states where they happen, but rarely lead to new restrictions.

Kansas House Education Committee Chairman Ron Highland, a Wamego Republican, says no matter how many regulations are in place, people are going to do some bad things.


Larry Elmquist

December 7, 2015 at 11:38 am

Legislator Ron Highland is a 1 minute of silence kind of guy. You know what I mean, instead of requiring smoke or fire alarms, let’s plan on one minute of silence for the victims. Keeps my taxes down and I’ve always got a minute to spare.

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