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Will a Fire Inspection Bill Keep Homeschool Kids Safe from Abuse?

No sane person wants kids to be abused. It’s natural to ask how we can prevent it. We all wish the Turpin kids could have enjoyed a better childhood. When one of the children escaped and called 911, authorities found that 13 children and adults were being held captive in horrible conditions. Their captors in Murrieta, CA were their own parents, David and Louise Turpin.

Did the Turpins hide behind California’s homeschool laws? Mr. Turpin had registered a private school at the address. Filing a Private School Affidavit (PSA) is one of the three legal methods to homeschool. Any family may register and promise to keep certain records. There is no further oversight. Free to decide, families may tailor lessons and activities to the needs of each student in the family. Many engage in community and church activities, sports, and fine arts. Most are loving and make sacrifices for a parent to stay home.

But that’s not how local Assemblyman Jose Medina sees it. He was “extremely concerned about the lack of oversight the State of California currently has in monitoring private and home schools.” So, he promised to introduce a bill that would “prevent a situation like this from occurring in the future.” His bill, AB 2756, removes the exemption for annual fire inspections for private schools with fewer than 5 students. If the law passes, homeschooling families who file a PSA would be subject to a mandatory annual intrusion by a government agent.

Read more at The Stream. 

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