More Emails From School Superintendents

Below is yet another email sent to our lawmakers by an assistant school superintendent. Emails like this one are circulating at the Capitol Building, and must be addressed by ordinary citizens if we are to defeat this bill. To read counter-arguments to what the superintendents are saying, click here.

—–Original Email—–

Dear Legislators:
I am in support of HB 2144 and urge you to support it as well. I am an Assistant Superintendent at Mena and before that I was a Middle School Principal for 11 years. As an administrator my experience with home schools has been both good and bad. Those parents that have an educational plan and submit the application early in the semester usually do an adequate job of educating their children. However, those that get angry at the school for whatever reason and suddenly pull their child from school as the current law allows, almost never have a plan. As a result these students: 1. get behind in their grade level turn
2. never participate in a standardized test
3 never graduate.
All too often this type of home school student in essence becomes a drop-out.

I support those parents that do home schooling the right way. But in our part of the state that is a vast minority. Please vote for HB 2144 to make the problem manageable.

Sincerely,

Ken Marshall
Assistant Superintendent

—–End Original Email—–

Note: The Education Alliance has assembled a list of counter-arguments that address the broad statements this email and others like it make about Arkansas’ home school families. Please click here to read it.

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5 Responses to More Emails From School Superintendents

  1. betsy says:

    I would just like to know how most of the superintendents that have written in can say that the “majority” of us don’t do a good job of homeschooling. Where do they get those statistics? Could this possibly be a “scare tactic” to the teachers who are listening to him and don’t know people who homeschool so that he/she can get them to call in and say they want this to pass. I wonder if most of the teachers and superintendents know many people who homeschool. If they don’t, I believe it is their job as a citizen who is giving their opinion on voting to find out more information before they vote on a bill that could affect so many lives. You cannot take the word of one person. We have to be the kind of people that search for the truth then make our judgments based on the truth, not what someone, who might be biased, has said. I believe a person might possibly be biased on this subject if he/she thinks there is money involved. My prayer is that this is not motivated by the loss of money. My prayer is that the people who are thinking of this bill will understand that our country was founded on freedom and liberty!!

  2. Stacy says:

    I don’t understand how he can say they don’t participate in the test? If you don’t participate in the test they contact you and you can get a fine, jail time, or the children taken out of the home right?

  3. Martha says:

    I am the mother of a child who went through his entire school life in a public school system. What I want to know from any school superintendent is this….do you look into questions from parents who are concerned with their child’s progress? Do you even have the time to address those concerns?

    I called my son’s high school several times requesting to speak with someone about what we could do together to make sure my son graduated. Want to know what I was told? After many calls and messages requesting a phone call or email from his counselor, her response to me was, “I have been too busy to call you.” I informed her that my first email request was Sept. 4 and that date was mid-Nov. When I requested that his teachers email me things that I could help him with so he would graduate her response was a sigh and “maybe the best thing that could happen to your son would be that he not graduate.” Those were her exact words – I wrote them down and will never forget how she made me feel when she spoke them. My next task was to contact the district office where I was informed they would turn the issue over to the principal. What a joke. To this day if I walked into the school building she would not have a clue who I was. In fact, after contacting the school district, my son started having to put up with harrassment from the assistant principal. I know this because my son went on a school outing toward the end of the year with the entire class and the assistant principal checked student backpacks, my son’s was one of the student’s whose backpack he checked. That was a Friday, and on Monday my son was called to the office and told that all of his credits for that year were being taken away because he skipped school on Friday (he knew my son was there). This was just one of many things that happened to him.

    I ask any of you superintendents this — what makes you think the cold-hearted public school system is any better than a loving home-school environment? How many parents of public school children do you talk to and really address serious situations? If your answer is, “I don’t have the time” then why do you not have the time? From the looks of this blog, many of you are making the time to go after home school parents. What is going on in your schools today? How many children were bullied today? What is your graduation rate? Was it your school district who made the news because one of your teachers acted inappropriately with several male students? What are you doing about the things going on in your own school system, if you are spending your time speaking out against home-schooling?

    Weigh your answers to the questions I posed very carefully because if you’re not doing any better, then maybe you should “clean up your own back yard” before you start working on someone else’s.

  4. Martha says:

    By the way, every year in high school my son was not issued a text book in at least one class, but the principal made sure the football team had new uniforms every year.

    My daughter is being home schooled and she has a 4.0. So much for her not graduating. Do you think she might be able to get a scholarship with those grades?

    There are some really good teachers out there both in public schools and home schools. But you will find a much higher percentage of the best teachers in a home school environment because there is no question that we care about our students and want nothing but the best for them. Home school teachers can focus on what the public school system no longer makes the center of learning. ACADEMICS. Reading, math, English… those things that used to be most important in school. Now it is all about sports and being politically correct. One brings in more money and the other gets the government “big boys” off your backs.

    I went through all of the public school “testing” with my son. That is what we should be questioning here. Students are put through at least two weeks of rigorous preparations for each subject. Parents are sent home letters weeks before asking that a snack be sent to school every day during this time and the student come to school well-rested. School lunches are at their best during this time. Students are allowed to go to the bathroom when they need to without upsetting the teacher. Any other time, school is totally different. A student could starve to death and the school wouldn’t care. Bottom line…public schools should not be allowed preparation for the test, they should have to “wing it” so we can see the real academic numbers in each of the school systems. This issue is all about the money a school receives for every student in attendance and how to get more of it.

    In response to one superintendent regarding poor students: Stop putting a label on your students. Being poor does not make someone more inclined to fail. It’s the public officials who keep telling poor students that they will be more inclined to fail that causes all the problems. Maybe if you spent more time building up those students that you think are most at risk instead of snubbing them or talking down to them, your graduation rates would soar. I know this because I have seen it happen.

  5. Brandy Marshall says:

    The superintendents say MAJORITY. This is what i have to say to them. “PROVE IT”. I want to see the actual numbers of just how many this MAJORITY is. Then you will see it is actually a MINORITY that abuse HOMESCHOOLING!!!!!!!