After the tragic deaths of two children in Detroit, lawmakers are proposing a bill that would create a registry of homeschooled children.
Stoni Blair and Stephen Berry were found in a deep freezer in their home in Detroit last month by an eviction crew. Their mother — Mitchelle Blair — has been charged with murder, as well abuse and torture.
The case prompted State Rep. Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit) and City Councilwoman Mary Sheffield to propose a bill that would require parents who choose to homeschool their kids to provide their address, along with the names and ages of the children to their school district. Additionally, their proposal would require homeschooled children to meet twice a year with a person such as a school counselor, licensed social worker, law enforcement officer, member of the clergy or physician.
While some states have regulations and oversight of homeschooled students to varying degrees, Michigan is one of 11 states that doesn’t even require parents to notify the state that they are choosing to homeschool.
Homeschooling regulations are a highly debated topic around the country. While some people want more accountability and monitoring of the children, many believe that the government doesn’t have any business creating a registry of our children and some parents want homeschooling regulations to be loosened or eliminated.
Do you think tighter homeschooling laws would have saved these children?