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May 30, 2007

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May 17, 2007

Melissa Busekros update

From WorldNetDaily...

A German appeals court has ordered legal custody of Melissa Busekros, the teenager who was taken from her home by a police squad and detained in a psychiatric hospital for being homeschooled, be returned to her family because she no longer is in danger....

The HSLDA's translation of the German appeals court ruling said custody of the 16-year-old was returned to the family, because while it was "appropriate" for the judge to do what he did at the time, when he ordered her taken into custody, new information now reveals the lack of danger....

The appellate court's decision said "observations" of Melissa over the last few months "show there is no danger to her well-being and she may now stay with her family," according to Michael Donnelly, a lawyer working with the HSLDA.

The only thing that has changed is that according to German law they can't claim to speak for a 16-year-old while ignoring what she actually says. They can, however, do that to a 15-year-old. We have more than our share of idiot laws, written by idiots and enforced by idiots here in the US that it's almost refreshing to see we're not the only country plagued by them. One unfortunate aspect of politics and power is that while cream rises to the top, so does scum, and the scum tends to be more aggressive.

May 7, 2007

Virtual school in Indiana

From the Louisville (Kentucky) Courier-Journal...

Ball State University had proposed opening the Indiana Virtual Charter School and the Indiana Connections Academy this fall with a total of about 2,200 students.

The budget proposed by the GOP-led Senate would have allowed the schools to open. Democrats who control the House, however, objected to having state money go to such programs, and the budget approved April 29 said virtual charter schools cannot receive funding from the state or from any distribution of property taxes.

Ironically while Democrats and Republicans generally take opposite sides on this particular issue, many homeschoolers themselves are not terribly thrilled with the idea of virtual schools, since it still involves the control of the state in a child's education.

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