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State Superintendent Race Important for Indiana HomeschoolersPosted Friday, November 2, 2012, at 11:01 AM
Election day is just a few days away, and homeschoolers are closely watching the race for State Superintendent. Tony Bennett has protected the rights of Indiana homeschoolers, but challenger Glenda Ritz wants to enact regulations on us.
The State Superintendent has the power to set policy for homeschoolers outside of the legislative process that would go into effect immediately. Ritz has stated that there is no policy on homeschooling and that she would change that if she were elected. She's also stated that she would lower the compulsory school age from seven to five.
If she were elected, she would have the power to require homeschoolers to register with the state, which leads to tracking. She could also make it more difficult for those who wish to pull out of the public school system.
Indiana is one of the best states for homeschooling in the nation, but our freedoms could be taken away if we aren't careful. Homeschool scores in states with low regulation such as Indiana are just as high as those in states with high regulation. Homeschooled children continue to out-perform their public schooled peers in every grade level in every state. I believe the government should focus on improving their own schools, not spend their time and energy interfering with the rights of parents to educate their own children.
Please take a minute to view the following video and pass it on to your friends. This video is sponsored by the Indiana Home Educator PAC and my kids and I are in it. This is a close race and every vote counts.
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