Thursday, August 28, 2014

Corporate Partners for School Choice/McKay Scholarship for students with Disabilities & Step Up For Students Corporate Tax Credit Scholarship Program/What's going on in news and events? "The maximum possible amount for scholarships in the next two years is in fact $805.1 million - See more at: http://www.redefinedonline.org/#sthash.k86V3OHk.dpuf"

·         "Step Up For Students seeks to spur improvements in the K-12 education system by equipping all of Florida's parents with the tools to seek the best education for their children through educational option programs - such as the Step Up For Students Corporate Tax Credit Scholarship Program and the McKay Scholarship for Students with Disabilities."



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FSBA leader twists truth on tax credit scholarships


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How Frequently are Homeschoolers Investigated?

It is impossible to know how many homeschooling families are investigated for child abuse and neglect, but in HSLDA’s experience, the number of investigations initiated solely because a family has chosen to homeschool has significantly declined over the past 30 years. However, many innocent families are still wrongly reported. Statistics show that up to 60 percent of children removed from their homes by social workers were taken away from their parents without probable cause to suspect abuse. Approximately 30 percent of reports that are investigated include only one child found to be a victim of abuse or neglect. Fifty-eight percent of the reports are found unsubstantiated.1
When homeschooling families are reported for abuse or neglect, the allegations often include a mention of school attendance as well as other accusations, and in most cases, they are unfounded. Unfortunately, allegations are often made by family members, neighbors, or acquaintances who are upset with the family and use the child welfare system for retaliation. It is important to note that some states have statutory penalties for knowingly making a false report.
Over the years, HSLDA has represented thousands of families during CPS investigations. Our lawyers have also litigated and won a number of cases on behalf of homeschoolers (search active cases or our archives).

Are CPS Investigations Legal?

While social workers are required by law to investigate tips of abuse and neglect, they are still not free from the constraints of the Fourth Amendment—thus, there is both a legal and an illegal way to conduct them. In his article,“The Fourth Amendment’s Impact on Child Abuse Investigations,” Michael Farris explains the balance of the state’s responsibility with individual and family rights, stating that in a 1999 decision, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit said it best, “The government’s interest in the welfare of children embraces not only protecting children from physical abuse, but also protecting children’s interest in the privacy and dignity of their homes and in the lawfully exercised authority of their parents.”2

http://www.hslda.org/docs/nche/Issues/P/Privacy_CPS.asp


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Success Partners is a three year comprehensive professional development program that is FREE to all schools serving Step Up For Students scholars. Success Partners is grounded in current research that directly correlates student success with parent involvement regardless of economic, racial/ethnic & educational backgrounds. Through a series of published modules, schools study structures, processes and conditions necessary to sustain powerful parent-school partnerships. The modules provide the framework for development of a parent- school partnership action plan unique to the school community. The capstone of the program is the web-based, interactive Teaching and Learning Exchange that features the State Standards, instructional strategies, parent and student interventions, while at the same time addressing social and behavioral issues.

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