From the NYT:
Ten states and the District of Columbia, where Banita M. Jacks was charged on Thursday with four counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of her four daughters, have no regulations regarding home schooling, not even the requirement that families notify the authorities that they are educating their children at home.
Seems to me that you can balance the legitimate right of parents to direct the schooling of their kids, respect faith issues, and also crate a more seamless system so kids don’t get lost as they sometimes do now. To be clear, I don’t think this woman in D.C. was the “typical” home school parent and there are a lot of stereotypes about home-schooling that confuse the debate all around. But, because children are more vulnerable members of society some oversight and basic regulation — with reasonable religious exceptions — is attainable in public policy. For instance, a college degree requirement for at-least one parent, some reporting and oversight, and better data collection hardly infringes too much.