The State Of Homeschooling And Parental Rights In New York

The year 2019 has not been a good year for parental rights in New York.

The enactment of the Bathroom Law and the Counselor Coercion Law, the regulatory attack on nonpublic schools in the name of “substantial equivalency,” and the repeal of the religious exemption to school vaccination requirements have eroded parents’ authority in regard to their children’s sexuality, education, and health. Furthermore, the potential passage of a law mandating that all children be vaccinated against the sexually-transmitted human papillomavirus (HPV) has created a groundswell of opposition across New York.

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Recently, Asm. David DiPietro (R-East Aurora) expressed outrage about the potential for an HPV mandate and added that there is a push to “outlaw homeschooling” in New York. Asm. DiPietro’s outrage is understandable. While New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms is unaware of any current proposal to outlaw homeschooling, we are well aware of the climate of hostility to parental rights and homeschooling that exists in Albany. If the trend of ever-expanding government and disdain for parental rights continues, an extreme proposal like a homeschooling ban could someday gain steam.

Friends, we can’t stress enough how important it is for Christians to influence public policy in New York. If we stand by the wayside, we can be certain that New Yorkers whose beliefs stand in opposition to ours will be more than happy to continue influencing government in a leftward direction. If we speak out and get involved—and if we do so in a Christlike way—the Lord can use us to accomplish His purposes.