Dear Fellow Homeschoolers,
Like many of you, we are troubled by the proposed ordinance in Provo giving police authority to detain children who appear to be of school age who are not in school during school hours.
The Provo city council will consider this proposed ordinance in a study meeting this Tuesday, March 1st. My husband, children and I will attend that meeting as I'm sure others of the homeschool community are planning to do. We think it would be wise to coordinate and work together to prepare a coherent presentation that adequately presents the concerns of the homeschool community. Although expressing our concerns for the proposed ordinance is of paramount importance, we'd also like to suggest plausible, less draconian alternatives to deal with the truancy issue.
To this end, we are holding a meeting at our home in Provo this Sunday evening, February 27th at 6:30pm. We invite any homeschool family in Utah county to attend. We have also extended an invitation to councilman Sterling Beck to attend although we do not yet know if he will be available.
For those of you who live outside of Provo, consider that if Provo city passes an ordinance such as this, it could well lead to similar ordinances in your own municipalities. Here is the link to councilman Sterling Beck's blog with some other information:
Please let me know if you plan to attend by using the Google Voice call widget below. Children who maybe interested in participating in the discussion and possibly the council meeting are welcome to attend, after all, this will affect them most directly.
Feel free to call me or email with any question you have.
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