HB 5610 does not have any measureable negative effects on homeschooling. I am a parent of three children two of whom are home schooled and one whom attends a local area charter school chartered by our local university. This bill in no shape or form intrudes on families whom have different perspectives on how their children should be home schooled whether they are using a Christian-based curriculum, Enki, Waldorf, Unschooling idealogies, etc.
This bill is intended to extend the arm of mandatory reporters within the school setting for the protection of children. Children slip through the cracks daily in our current K--12 system, and when this occurs abuse/neglect goes unseen. Teachers see bruises, scars, etc, but emotional abuse is much harder to measure and confront. Extending the current definition of abuse/neglect to include "truancy" will enable greater protections for Michigan youth and families. Allow for preventative services to play a roll in helping families in need. Truancy is a good measure of possible abuse/neglect that may be occuring in homes.
HB 5610 should pass, but has a high likelyhood of failing if teachers do not utilize their given legal status as Mandatory Reporters as was seen in the State of Illinois. Teachers in this state did not follow through with reporting truancy, so as a result the program failed and children were kept at risk.
Truancy both in State and National statistics has a high correlation to adult incarceration. If social workers are given the opportunity to work with these families both State and National statistics could shift to show that these youth are becoming valuable assets to their communities.