D.C. Homeschoolers upcoming regulation proposals discussed on the Kojo Nnamdi Show
D.C. radio show host, Kojo Nnamdi took a look at the proposed homeschool regulation changes that have been recommended by the District of Columbia State Board of Education. Here is the description of the show:
The District is used to controversies over education policy. But a debate about homeschooling has sparked one of the most contentious education disputes the city has seen in a long time. School board members are preparing to vote on new homeschooling regulations next week, and they’re getting thousands of e-mails from parents around the country trying to sway those votes. Join Kojo as we explore the politics of homeschooling.
Scheduled guests on the show were:
- Deborah Gist, State Superintendent of Education, District of Columbia
- Michael Donnelly, Staff Counsel, Home School Legal Defense Association
- Sekou Biddle, District 2 representative (Wards 3 & 4), D.C. State Board of Education
I am not a fan of HSLDA, but I’d like to offer my kudos to Mr. Donnelly for several of his comments. Ms. Gist claimed that CA now requires teachers to be certified. Mr. Donnelly quickly clarified that that the ruling was rescinded when the court granted the June 23rd, 2008 rehearing. When someone brought up that there might not be regulations to prevent a family from neglecting to educate their child and instead had them working out back on a chicken farm, Mr. Donnelly quickly pointed out that there are laws that prevent neglect, but that a great deal of learning might be experienced while working on a chicken farm. A caller pointed out that standardized tests could certainly measure learning and the host, Mr. Nnamdi asked Mr. Donnelly what he thought of standardized tests to measure homeschool students. Mr. Donnelly replied that tests are fine if the family chooses to use them.
Sekou Biddle stated that he has received over a 1,000 emails contesting the proposed guidelines.
You can listen to the entire interview here.
The board is scheduled to vote on the regulations on June 18, 2008.