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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: The Home-School Lobby, Playing Politics, Dangerous Food Fights

The Takeaway examines a new investigation from Slate and ProPublica, gerrymandering in Florida, and Chinese spying.