…conquer all things.” (Duh, Benjamin Franklin would know!) So I guess all it took for our clearance to go through was a little angry blogging, along with energy and persistence. The day I posted my last post, EFMP – Epic Failure of Military Personnel, we were FINALLY approved clearance to get the hell out of Jacksonville, North Carolina! WHAT?! Hell yes! Now… the trick is actually getting to Okinawa by mid-June. Yes, we have a little over 30 days to get 3 companies to come pack up our stuff and get 2 cars to Texas, but you know what?! I don’t even care! We are moving back to Okinawa!!
I actually pulled the boys out of school last week. I’ve been at my wit’s end with the public schools around here (they are beyond awful… it’s terrible). Since the Marine received his modified orders, I let the school know that I would be homeschooling for the rest of the year, and possibly upcoming years as well. And you know what they tell me? “Well, we can’t release their records to you, it has to be to another school.” Really? I mean, did you get that I am HOMESCHOOLING! Did you not see my “Non-Public Education Registration Record”? I AM THEIR SCHOOL! So now I get to contact the Superintendent of the District to request my own kids’ records. And in case anyone is unsure of this or has any questions, let me copy and paste a portion of our EOG Refusal Letter:
“According to the United States Constitution, specifically the 14th Amendment, I am protected by my rights to religious/spiritual freedom and this federal law supersedes state in regard to parental control over one’s child. Under the law, you cannot deny my request of refusal.
Parental rights are broadly protected by Supreme Court decisions (Meyer and Pierce), especially in the area of education. The Supreme Court has repeatedly held that parents posses the “fundamental right” to “direct the upbringing and education of their children.” Furthermore, the Court declared that “the child is not the mere creature of the State: those who nurture him and direct his destiny have the right coupled with the high duty to recognize and prepare him for additional obligations.” (Pierce v. Society of Sisters, 268 U.S. 510, 534-35) The Supreme Court criticized a state legislature for trying to interfere “with the power of parents to control the education of their own.” (Meyer v. Nebraska, 262 U.S. 390, 402).”
So I’d say, as a parent, I have every right to get my own child’s records. But, if they want to go there, then let’s go. Persistence people!! PERSISTENCE!