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Home schooling can be successful and healthy, work well for many families and should be an educational option available to parents. There are, however, instances of abusive or neglectful parents who are able to hide their mistreatment of their children because they home-school. These children are not visible on a daily basis to teachers, nurses, psychologists, coaches, bus drivers, principals, lunch ladies, janitors, other parents, etc.—in short, the scores of people who see schoolchildren every weekday. When children who are registered for school don’t attend, the schools call home to ensure the absence is a permitted one and to hear the excuse for the absence. In fact, repeated unexplained absences result in referrals to the Department of Children and Families for educational neglect. Each year the department receives hundreds of such calls.

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