Check out Governing.com's 13th Floor. A Montana State Legislator is chairman of an education committee (as well as a member of a third party) and he's taking aim at the law of compulsory attendence in schools...
I've been working on a profile of Rick Jore, who chairs the Montana House's education committee despite being the only representative in the state from a third party. Jore home-schooled his own kids and has tried for years to end compulsory school attendance.There are a few other questions than compulsory school attendance or even whether the Federal government should have a role in education. Does more money make for a better public education? This is probably one thing we should talk about as a debate is to start brewing in Illinois about whether this GRT is a good idea or not to bring in more funds for education.
"There's a misconception that because we have a constitutionally established system of schooling in the state that the state has a compelling interest to require attendance," he told me. "My view is that is a usurpation of the authority of parents. Compulsory attendance necessarily presupposes that every child is a ward of the state. I disagree. Every child is a ward of the family or parents or guardians."
Jore also thinks the federal government has no role in funding education and its education department should be abolished.
Not surprisingly, the educational establishment in Montana can't stand Jore or the fact that he heads up the committee that oversees them. But that raises an interesting point. Should people on policy committees necessarily be fans of the policies and programs they're charged with overseeing?
So I guess the question should be begged, should there be compulsory education in our schools?