Kansas Education Official’s Comment Riles Home-Schooling Parents

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Monday, August 20, 2012

When a state education official said last week that some home-schooled children may not be getting an adequate education – and that some may even be kept home to babysit younger siblings – the response was fast and fierce.

“As my child’s parent, I have the greatest motivation in the world to make sure she is well-educated,” said Kelsey Gray, a Wichita mother of three who home-schools her 5-year-old daughter.

“I have yet to meet a single home-school family like the one he described.”

David Dennis of Wichita, chairman of the Kansas State Board of Education, said he brought up the topic during the board’s meeting Tuesday because there was an agenda item about legislative requests.

The state board does not oversee or regulate home schools, but Dennis proposed that the Kansas Legislature study the issue, perhaps by ordering a post-audit study, “to see if there’s a problem there or not.”

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