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NJ Parents challenge restrictions on home schooling

TRENTON, N.J. — Public education bored Tim Haas, so he and his wife decided they were better suited to care for and educate their two sons than the state.

But Haas and the thousands of other New Jersey families that homeschool now face what they say is an unnecessary and unfair intrusion by the same state regulators they tried to escape.

A bill in the New Jersey Legislature would require home-schooled children to get state-mandated annual physical exams and take standardized tests required of public school children.

It’s supposed to protect children like the four home-schooled boys from Collingswood whose adoptive parents last year were accused of starving and neglecting them. Haas and other families, however, say the state is simply shifting blame away from the Division of Youth and Family Services. Read more…

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