Public School System Exposed For Reporting Parents To CPS For Homeschooling

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by Claire Bernish

Homeschooling your child in New York City could earn a visit from Child Protective Services for neglect — even if you’ve followed all procedures required by the public school system to withdraw from its programs.

Tanya Acevedo, as The Federalist reports, experienced firsthand the punitive bureaucracy in place, essentially deeming all homeschooling parents child abusers.

Acevedo withdrew her child from school this winter, filing all necessary paperwork required by the government. But that wasn’t enough to stave off a visit from CPS, who showed up at her residence unannounced to investigate allegations of “educational neglect.”

“After Tanya let them in,” the Federalist explains, “a CPS investigator insisted that they interview her child in private, and inspected their apartment, including a look inside Tanya’s refrigerator — standard practice for a home under investigation for ‘neglect.’ The officer left Tanya with stern instructions to produce documents and her child the next day at the CPS office.”

Acevedo wasted no time in contacting the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) for assistance with her case, and parsing out the New York Public School District’s mountain of red tape to see where she might have erred.

In an interview, Acevedo told HSLDA she had indeed filed all the necessary paperwork — even sending two required forms by certified mail, among other meticulous measures.

“She had followed all the applicable laws to withdraw her son from public schools and begin homeschooling,” the Federalist continues, but the “school district had not recorded the paperwork she’d filed, so her son began accruing ‘absences’ that eventually triggered the CPS investigation.”

Administrative ‘errors’ similar to Acevedo’s turned out to be strikingly common.

HSLDA vice president of litigation, Jim Mason, dove into records after being astonished by Acevedo’s case, and, as he puts it,

“What I found appalled me.

“Family after family have found themselves in legal limbo because the central office simply cannot or will not follow the timelines in the regulation. More than one homeschooling family told me they had been turned over to CPS because of the office’s delayed handling of the homeschooling paperwork.

“The injustice against homeschooling families in New York City can no longer be tolerated. On December 5, HSLDA filed a civil rights lawsuit against New York City public schools over their systematic mistreatment of homeschooling families. We are asking for money damages and for a court to order the New York City bureaucracy to simply follow New York’s homeschooling regulation.”

Mason found homeschooling families aren’t dealing with their own school districts, as regulations dictate, because New York City consolidated all five boroughs’ homeschool information into one office — an underfunded, understaffed office where lost paperwork is a routine occurrence.

Worse, the central office controls the attendance database, relating to homeschooling, for the entire city.

While Acevedo had informed both the central office and the school before withdrawing her child, administrative and bureaucratic obstacles veritably guaranteed the boy would remain technically enrolled and accruing absences with each passing day. A certain number of absences, whether legitimate or not, trigger a report to CPS, alerting to possible ‘educational neglect.’

The fact so many homeschooling families find themselves in Acevedo’s situation — a bloated and self-important government deems itself fitter to educate your kids than you — evinces the New York City system could be set up to derail as many people as possible.

Of course, by creating an onerous process to withdraw children from the government-approved education system adheres to long-held beliefs children taught in the home mature into anti-social, insecure, average achievers — stereotypes proven untrue, if not opposite, in recent years.

Whatever your opinion on homeschooling versus public education, the freedom to choose the method your child is taught should not be left to a government already so clearly biased and intent on taking you out of the equation.

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  • Sopater

    Should we list all of the numerous ways that sending our children away to be schooled by government workers actually increases the risk that they will be abused physically or emotionally?

  • 1555

    Yes, Sopater, my brother was grabbed by his both ears and lifted into air by
    his teacher while in 3rd grade. He came home in a shock, and kept replaying it
    a couple of times, the sense of weightless helplessness. When parents went to
    school they were told it never happened. Other children saw it, yet chool sided with
    the teacher.

  • Phil_Ossifer

    First thing they need to do is get the hell out of NYC. The article says, “Administrative ‘errors’ similar to Acevedo’s turned out to be strikingly common.” They might be common but they aren’t errors. CPS deliberately delays the processing of the paperwork in order to give them an excuse to harass homeschooling parents. The universal excuse CPS gives for the “errors” is “we’re underfunded and understaffed.” Yeah…but they always have more than enough time, money and manpower to harass homeschooling parents, don’t they?

    • J_in_TX

      You need to reread the article. CPS has nothing to do with delaying the processing of the paperwork. It is the school district’s central office that is delaying the processing.

      • Phil_Ossifer

        School districts and CPS work hand-in-hand and use the same tricks. School districts hate homeschoolers because it threatens them and what bureaucrat wants a mundane to successfully challenge his authority? BOTH delay the paperwork and for the same reason. Reference our friend SP_88’s post, below.


    Does anyone need any more proof that the stasi police state exists and they thy they own your child, not you?

  • SP_88

    Clearly these bureaucrats are doing this on purpose. The fact that the parents are the first target of CPS as a result of this neglectful bureaucracy implies that they know what is happening, and they are letting it happen because they want to discourage people from homeschooling their children. They think that they can somehow skirt the law by blaming it on understaffing.
    If this wasn’t the case, the first thing they would do would be to check the understaffed office and see if the paperwork was filed or not, before going to the parents house and harassing them.
    But these state sanctioned predators never bothered to check the paperwork that they are fully aware is likely tied up in their inefficient bureaucracy. It’s not like this just happened once. This is a pattern of behavior being perpetrated by the state because they don’t like people who can think for themselves.


      It’s people that think for themselves is what threatens them.

  • suse

    I’m in Texas — it is so bad here as well. It’s all about federal funding. Every day your child is not in the school is a day of money taken from their budget. Same with CPS. More accusations bring more money. More people put into the system triggers an even more elaborate system of getting more money, e.g., drugging children, foster care, etc. When my daughter had mono, they necessitated doctor’s notes – repeatedly for specified number of days where absence continued. HOWEVER, once everything is in place, you would think assignments were not even. They didn’t care. If you are not there, no money – no concern. And, yes, I have had my refrigerator looked in. Until you encounter it, you do not realize how the “system” works. When CPS comes knocking — they play out like Nazis. The “I have nothing to hide,” action does nothing to keep them from making demands. Most likely they DO NOT HAVE A WARRANT. Tell them they are trespassing and to leave. DO NOT let them in under any circumstances. If they persist – remove your child from the county (at least) until they are put in place. You DO NOT want to be in the “system.” It can spiral quickly due to Hillary’s “no child left behind” giving them money for every child they “need” to “rescue.” You will not be in control — they will take the lead. It could end up bad. Check out YouTube for CPS/DHS nightmares. NO WARRANT, NO CONTACT, i.e., GET THE HELL OF MY PROPERTY.

  • digitalpennmedia

    Where are the protests over parental rights? People are beginning to wake up to the fact that they have no rights, unless GRANTED by the state, unfortunately its after something like this happens. The individual is always abused by the FORCE of the state. The state can take raid you bank accounts, steal your property, take your children … ALL WITHOUT CAUSE OR PROOF OF CAUSE… then they come up with some b.s. reason AFTER THE FACT, like in this case where the district “failed to file” the paperwork. There is no due process, no legal means for an individual to fight this statist b.s. and too many sheeple marching right along to the state’s drumbeat.


      It’s way past time for a revolution. Take back our rights and let the govt beg for permission from the people to do things instead of the other way around

  • RandyJ/ProudSurvivor

    It is time to employ an old jailhouse maxim-snitches get stitches. That would at least give these c*cksuckers reason for pause…

  • OldPoorRichard

    It’s about revenue. Schools hate it when a student is withdrawn, “robbing” them of taxpayer money. CPS makes a huge profit in kidnapping children from families.