Michigan students facing educational neglect is a ‘hidden problem’

No one seems to know how many Michigan children are going without an education. 

But a Free Press story about a 12-year-old Michigan girl, Jo, who struggles to read and has rarely stepped foot into a classroom, has some lawmakers and advocates contemplating ways to prevent educational neglect. 

Jo’s parents did not send their three children to school, and told investigators with Children’s Protective Services that they were home-schooling Jo and her two siblings. But family members, friends and court documents contradict the parents’ claim.

Michigan law requires little oversight over home-schooled students: Parents don’t have to register their children with the state or their local school district, like they do in other states. No state agency will investigate educational neglect claims unless they come with other claims of neglect or abuse. 


https://www.freep.com/story/news/education/2022/03/30/michigan-students-facing-educational-neglect-hidden-problem/7197134001/

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