Thanks, I will also forward this to my homeschool group and other RP supporters.
When I first started home schooling I remember Governor Romer stated, "All children deserve a public school education."
I remember thinking, "What did my child do that was so horrible that he deserved a public school education?"
After Romer was governor to Colorado, he became the superintendent of Los Angles School District.
Talk about one of the worst school systems in the country.
Romer also wanted to make it a law that children at the age of 3 must be registered and going to school.
The age was and still is 7. We fought hard to keep that just like that.
This bill does effect the education of our children and parental rights.
There is a bill coming to the floor in the CO State Senate which is quite
onerous to families. This bill, SB130,http://www.leg.state.co.us/clics/clics2012a/csl.nsf/fsbillcont3/59D0685E3C7E3FEF87257981007E048C?Open&file=130_01.pdf
creates the office of early childhood and youth development in the
department of human services (DHS). The purpose of the state plan is to provide
a statewide, unified approach to providing early childhood services and
operating early childhood programs with the goal of increasing efficiency,
effectiveness, and quality in delivering early childhood services. (from the
The language in the bill covers children birth through age
8 and their families, but in committee it was suggested that
the P in P-20 represents pre-natal.
The four system sectors covered by the bill include early learning, child
health, child mental health, and family support and parent
education. Research confirms that these areas are interrelated and
that is difficult, if not impossible, to separate children's learning needs from
their health and wellness or from the involvement and support of their families.
(from the bill)
The bill goes on and explains how pregnant mothers may not be able to
properly care for themselves, etc. so the state steps in via home nurse visits.
There is much more included in the 55 pages of this bill. I believe this bill is
detrimental to parental rights and an invasion of a family's privacy. The very
thought that DHS would be in charge of the office of early childhood and youth
development is disturbing to say the least. It is quite obvious that the choice
of DHS is a move toward further intimidation of families.
SB 130 has passed two committees in the senate and is scheduled for second
reading on Tuesday, March 6th. (The senate may not get to SB 130 that day but it
is on the calendar.) Second reading is where the entire senate acts as a
committee and can amend, approve, or kill the bill. I am asking for calls to
your state senator to vote "no" on SB 130. Beginning at 9 a.m. or before on
March 6th and continuing until noon. Several senators have commented that they
have not heard from parents so it is time to speak up. It is important to let
the state senate know that parents do not appreciate this move towards more
nanny government over their babies, young children, and themselves.
When you call your senator please call as a concerned parent. Be sure to
let others know about this and encourage them to call. Please email as well. I
have provided a list below. If you click on the name or district number it
provides their contact info. You will be joining other activist groups from
around the state opposing this bill.
||Brophy, Greg |
||Grantham, Kevin |
||Giron, Angela |
||Scheffel, Mark |
||Schwartz, Gail |
||Roberts, Ellen S.|
||King, Steve |
||White, Jean |
||Lambert, Kent D.|
||Cadman, Bill |
||Morse, John P.|
||King, Keith |
||Renfroe, Scott W.|
||Bacon, Bob |
||Lundberg, Kevin |
||Nicholson, Jeanne |
||Shaffer, Brandon C.|
||Heath, Rollie |
||Hudak, Evie |
||Jahn, Cheri |
||Boyd, Betty |
||Neville, Tim |
||Mitchell, Shawn |
||Tochtrop, Lois |
||Hodge, Mary |
||Newell, Linda |
||Spence, Nancy |
||Williams, Suzanne |
||Carroll, Morgan |
||Harvey, Ted |
||Steadman, Pat |
||Aguilar, Irene |
||Johnston, Michael |
||Guzman, Lucia |
||Foster, Joyce |