Remember that these poor children were wards of the state, which gave them to the people now charged with their abuse. The state had every chance — 38 visits by child welfare specialists — to notice the children’s condition. If there’s a case for forcing daily abuse checks at school for all children, this isn’t it.
The Times wants states to require parents to tell the state they’re homeschooling, so the state can “ensure that every American child is learning basic skills.”
The Times is wrong about the law, writes Daryl Cobranchi.
The state can compel attendance, not education. Otherwise, private schools could not exist. That issue was settled by Pierce v Society of Sisters (1925).
I wonder about ensuring that every child is learning basic skills. Also note that the government’s tests show that about one third of public school students are “below basic” in reading and math skills.