JUDGE ORDERS NH HOME-SCHOOLED GIRL TO ATTEND PUBLIC SCHOOL BECAUSE OF HER "RIGID" FAITH, DESPITE MEETING ACADEMIC STANDARDS
Laconia, NH- Despite being told by Marital Master, Michael Garner, that the 10-year-old home-schooled girl is “well liked, social and interactive with her peers, academically promising, and intellectually at or superior to grade level” and that “it is clear that the home schooling...has more than kept up with the academic requirements of the...public school system,”Judge Lucinda Sadler, at Garner's request,ordered the daughter of Martin Kurowski and Brenda Voydatch to attend public school.
This recommendation was madebecause the girl “appeared to reflect her mother’s rigidity on questions of faith” and that the girl’s interests “would be best served by exposure to a public school setting” and “different points of view at a time when she must begin to critically evaluate multiple systems of belief...in order to select, as a young adult, which of those systems will best suit her own needs.”
Commenting on the both the marital master's recommendation and Judge Sadler's decision, CPR-Action Executive Director, Kevin Smith, said, "Clearly the parent who has primary custody of the child in this situation has a constitutional right to home-school their child and raise the child in the Faith belief they so choose to, freeof penalty. We find it very disturbing that the Court would rule otherwise, especially since the State admitted that the child exceeded all academic standardsset by the State. We fully support the effortsby the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF)to appeal this decision and restore the rights of the parent."
The entire story of this case can be found here.
The media release from ADF can be found here.