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    Default Child Not Attending School

    My question involves child abuse or neglect in the State of: Texas

    I have a very serious question.Over the Holiday weekend I found out that my cousin has a son age 9...has never enrolled her son into a public school at all and is not home schooling him at all.He never went to Pre-K,Kinder or any grades what so ever.He can not read or write at all and my cousin think it's okay to do so.Is there any link or any phone number I can call to get the proper autorities to investigate this matter?How can any mother be okay with not wanting her son to have a good education.

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    Default Re: Child Not Attending School

    You can read about Texas' compulsory education laws here (scroll down to Texas). Full statute is here.

    Contact both your cousin's local school board and her county's CPS.

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    Thanks,
    We have contacted the local school board and all we got from them was...Since the Child has never attened any school and there is no record to take action against this childs parents it is out of our hands....

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    You need to call the sheriff's office for the county in question. Failure to abide by compulsory attendance laws is a form of criminal negligence in TX under 25.093. Many counties in TX also use a law enforcement officer as the county attendence officer, and either way, violations come down to a criminal offense, which needs to be handled by law enforcement (it's a Class C misdemeanor).

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    When calling the Sheriff out she says he is being Home Schooled....Hell he can't even read or write....

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    There are various methods of homeschooling, and one of them is "unschooling" which is student-driven. If this is what she is doing it does not mean she doesn't want him to have a good education, it means she fells he learns best using a child-driven form of education. For what it's worth, many children who are unschooled go on to college and do just fine.

    There is no evidence at all that having a child in public Pre-K or Kindergarden does any better than homeschooling, and significant evidence that it subjects kids to bullying and other anti-social behaviors. Have you sat down and talked with her about her son's education? In other words, have you asked if she's homeschooling or unschooling, and so on? In Texas, she does NOT have to contact the school board AT ALL, it is her right to teach her child/children.

    Further, Texas law states that if a parent issues a homeschool diploma, the student CANNOT be discriminated against in terms of college. They have to be treated as a regular high school grad ( Tex. Educ. Code Ann. 51.9241) . The state law also says “A state agency may not adopt rules or policies or take any other action that violates the fundamental right and duty of a parent to direct the upbringing of the parent’s child.” (Tex. Fam. Code 151.003).

    You are putting yourself in danger of being charged with harassment and parental interference if you persist.

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    There are various methods of homeschooling, and one of them is "unschooling" which is student-driven. If this is what she is doing it does not mean she doesn't want him to have a good education, it means she fells he learns best using a child-driven form of education. For what it's worth, many children who are unschooled go on to college and do just fine.

    There is no evidence at all that having a child in public Pre-K or Kindergarden does any better than homeschooling, and significant evidence that it subjects kids to bullying and other anti-social behaviors. Have you sat down and talked with her about her son's education? In other words, have you asked if she's homeschooling or unschooling, and so on? In Texas, she does NOT have to contact the school board AT ALL, it is her right to teach her child/children.

    Further, Texas law states that if a parent issues a homeschool diploma, the student CANNOT be discriminated against in terms of college. They have to be treated as a regular high school grad ( Tex. Educ. Code Ann. 51.9241) . The state law also says “A state agency may not adopt rules or policies or take any other action that violates the fundamental right and duty of a parent to direct the upbringing of the parent’s child.” (Tex. Fam. Code 151.003).

    You are putting yourself in danger of being charged with harassment and parental interference if you persist.

    What makes you say that?

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    When calling the Sheriff out she says he is being Home Schooled....Hell he can't even read or write....
    You'll probably do better by contacting protective services as opposed to the Sheriff. A police agency is not in a good position to assess the nature or quality of a claimed program of home schooling.

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    What makes you say that?
    It's called "making s...tuff up."

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