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New York City Sued for Home School Neglect

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New York Cityby Jim Mason, HSLDA

“Hello? Child Protective Services is in my living room—what should I do?” The voice on the other end of the line sounded shaken, but calm.

It was Tanya Acevedo, a brand-new homeschooling mom in the heart of New York City. And it was 7:00 at night.

Concerned for her son’s safety and education, Tanya had recently withdrawn him from public school to begin homeschooling. She had done everything right—filing paperwork, carefully following all the rules of New York City. She sought the counsel and support of her pastor and his wife, who were also experienced homeschooling parents.

So you can imagine Tanya’s shock when a Child Protective Services (CPS) investigator came to her apartment because of a report of “educational neglect.” Stunned, Tanya immediately called her pastor and asked him to come over. When he arrived, they called me on HSLDA’s after-hours hotline.

“[The investigator] says that my son’s school reported me for too many absences,” Tanya told me. “But I withdrew him over a month ago to homeschool.”

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