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Friday, August 28, 2015

Bridgette Sullenger, hospice bereavement coordinator, helps her children Julia, 13, left, and Vincent, 11, right, with homework at her Palm Springs home Wednesday, April 9, 2014. (Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times/Getty)

Pushy Powerful Parents: The Home-School Lobby Under Fire

Last April, Michigan state Representative Stephanie Chang introduced a bill to regulate home-schooling after two Detroit children were found dead in their mother's freezer. The children hadn't been seen for years, after their mother decided to home-school them. Chang's office was soon inundated with messages from angry parents who are against the bill. She soon learned that the parents had been organized by the Home School Legal Defense Association, or HSLDA. Jessica Huseman is author of the Slate/ProPublica investigation, “The Frightening Power of the Home-Schooling Lobby.” She discusses the practice of home-schooling, the lawmakers trying to regulate it, and the HSLDA's tactics to prevent such regulation.

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Today's Takeaways: Border Walls, Tragedy on Live TV, Another Einstein

The Takeaway looks at this history of border walls, listeners share their reaction to the Virginia TV shooting, and we search for the next Albert Einstein.