How School Districts Weaponize Child Protection Services Against Uncooperative Parents | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


How School Districts Weaponize Child Protection Services Against Uncooperative Parents

Public Schooling Breeds Obedience
Most of us played this game as schoolchildren. We know the rules. The kids who raise their hands, color in the lines, and obey succeed; the kids who challenge the rules struggle. The problem now is that the rules are extending beyond the classroom. Parents are increasingly required to obey, to conform to a school’s demands even if they believe such orders may not be appropriate for their child.

In my advocacy work with homeschooling families across the country, I frequently hear stories from parents who decided to homeschool their kids because schools were pressuring them to comply with various special education plans, push medications onto their children, or submit to other restrictive procedures they felt were not in their child’s best interest. Even more heartbreaking is the growing trend of school officials to unleash child protective services (CPS) on parents, homeschooling or not, who refuse to give in to a district’s demands.

Weaponizing Child Protective Services
An investigative report by The Hechinger Report and HuffPost released last month revealed that schools are increasingly using child protective services as a “weapon” against parents. It said:

Fed up with what they see as obstinate parents who don’t agree to special education services for their child, or disruptive kids who make learning difficult, schools sometimes use the threat of a child-protection investigation to strong-arm parents into complying with the school’s wishes or transferring their children to a new school. That approach is not only improper, but it can be devastating for families, even if the allegations are ultimately determined to be unfounded.

More troubling, these threats disproportionately target low-income and minority parents.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This process has to be stopped, and immediately.

There is a hideous gap in the kind and quality of education our kids get, depending on what zip code they live in; let' s say the kids of Beverly Hills will get a far better educational outcome than will the kids living in Watts, because there is an expectation that the kids from Beverly Hills will "do something" with their lives.

For the kids in Watts, the outcome is far worse, because there is no expectation that the kids will "do something" with their lives.

I am reminded of the Edgar J. Olmos film, "Stand and Deliver", where his character took a bunch of primarily Hispanic kids, inspired the heck out of them, and had them compete in a math competition.

The kids performed so well, that the monitors at the test accused these kids of cheating. Well, the Olmos character kept their hopes up, and the following year, they won this competition, hands down.

Inspiration, love, structure, and family are the foundations of people doing well, academically, or otherwise.

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