New York City Public Schools Sued for Ineptness After Harassing Homeschool Mom

Many public school districts receive federal money for the daily attendance of students. When students are absent, that cuts into the amount of federal money the schools receive. When a family decides to take their kids out of public school to homeschool them, the school district also loses that daily revenue.

In addition to the loss of federal money, losing students to homeschooling also means that the public school cannot brainwash the students with their liberal and socialistic philosophies. If you don’t believe that’s happening, just take a look at the current college and young adult population on how they vote and how they reacted to the election of Donald Trump.

Tanya Acevedo decided last March to pull her son out of the local New York City public school and homeschool him. She met with her pastor and the pastor’s wife to see what all she needed to do to meet the legal requirements for homeschooling. The pastor’s wife homeschools their kids and they directed Acevedo to all of the legal forms she needed to obtain, fill out and file with the school district. She even sent the forms via certified mail to insure that the Central Office of Home Schooling received the paperwork.

After filing the required paperwork, Acevedo kept her son home and began homeschooling him. She later found out that the school never removed her son from the school’s roll and marked him absent for over a month. That led to the school reporting Acevedo to the Child Protection Services and charging her with ‘educational neglect.’

A CPS investigator arrived at Acevedo’s home at 7pm one night and demanded to conduct a private interview with Acevedo’s son and then to make a full inspection of the apartment, including looking inside the refrigerator.

However, Acevedo had the sense about her to call the after-hours phone line of the Home School Legal Defense Association. She was fortunate enough to speak with Jim Mason, Vice President of the HSLDA. Mason then spoke directly to the CPS investigator and convinced her to postpone her investigation of the apartment and refrigerator until the next day. Before leaving, the CPS investigator insisted that Acevedo appear at the CPS office the next day with her son. Then Mason obtained the services of T.J. Schmidt, a homeschooling attorney in New York City to assist her.

When contacted about the incident, Mason wrote:

“First, rather than letting homeschooling families deal with their own school districts (as set out in the regulations), New York City has consolidated all of the administrative functions relating to homeschooling for all the school districts in all five boroughs in one central office on Seventh Avenue in Manhattan. Second, it underfunds and undermans that office, which routinely leads to delays, lost paperwork, and a high level of underperformance and dissatisfaction.”

“Finally, NYC’s central homeschooling office controls the attendance database for all schools in the entire city inasmuch as the data relates to homeschooling.”

“Even though the school knew Tanya had filed a notice of intent to homeschool, it reported her to CPS for ‘educational neglect’ because its policy required it to do so after so many ‘absences’ had accrued. After many phone calls, another visit from the CPS investigator, considerable inconvenience, and much unnecessary anxiety for Tanya and her son, TJ persuaded the case worker to close the investigation.”

Due to the ineptness of the New York City Public School system and the unnecessary harassment of Acevedo and her son, a lawsuit has been filed on her behalf against the school system.

I truly believe that the bottom line is that the school district was trying to bully Acevedo into returning her son to the public school so they could get their federal money and so they could continue to indoctrinate him with their liberal ways.

Dave Jolly

R.L. David Jolly holds a B.S. in Wildlife Biology and an M.S. in Biology – Population Genetics. He has worked in a number of fields, giving him a broad perspective on life, business, economics and politics. He is a very conservative Christian, husband, father and grandfather who cares deeply for his Savior, family and the future of our troubled nation.

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