Sandy Hook Advisory Commission report angers home school parents

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) – Governor Dannel Malloy Friday accepted a report issued by the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission. The group is made up of experts who work in fields that include law enforcement, mental health, building security, and emergency response.

“Their deaths should mean something and should stand for something,” said Malloy. “I think your recommendations will make sure that that happens.”

Related: Sandy Hook Advisory Commission presents recommendations to Governor

They’ve been preparing to give the governor the final document for years knowing the recommendations wouldn’t just find themselves on his desk but also on the desks those in state legislature, its that part which has some in our state worried.

“All of us have joined together because we all believe our parental rights have been infringed and are continuing to be infringed and we won’ take it anymore,” said Deborah Stevenson, an attorney for an organization called the Connecticut Parent’s Rights Coalition.

Stevenson says when it comes to what the commission has recommended to do in regards to those who are home schooled would be an overreach of government. Specifically, they recommend parents who home school their children who have special needs have what called a “individual education program,” or IEP, that is approved by the special education director of the Area Education Agency.

Those on the commission contend their recommendation in this case is only to be followed if a student was in public school, had and IEP in place, and then transitioned to a home school. Nevertheless Stevenson insists what’s in the paperwork is the wrong approach.

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