Earlier this month, three bills in support of #NOHPVmandateRI Team's efforts to end the mandatory vaccination of our children has been submitted in the State House! These are:
Sen. Raptakis sponsored bill S0047: This bill reverses the mandate of the HPV vaccine, requires the RI Dept of Health to hold three public meetings prior to any future mandates, stipulates that mandates can only be made for disease transferable in a classroom, and adds back the philosophical exemption option for vaccines.
Sen. Morgan sponsored bill S0489: This bill reverses the mandate of the HPV vaccine for schools, takes away the ability to mandate any vaccines for diseases not transmittable in a classroom, and requires three public meetings by RI DOH prior to any vaccine mandates.
Rep. Price sponsored bill H 5681: This bill gives parents the ability to opt out of vaccinations for being contrary to their beliefs, not just religious belief.
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Now, the bad news:
Senate bill S244 is a threat to parents who wish to homeschool their children without government intervention and interference. This bill, was introduced by Senator Picard of Woonsocket after the Woonsocket School Committee members requested a better understanding of what Rhode Island law directs the school committee to require as evidence of academic progress from their homeschool families. This was predicated on the idea that some homeschooled children were not being truly homeschooled, but actually dropping out of high school with their parents' permission to work instead of study.
Although the Rhode Island Tea Party believes all children should achieve a good education in order to start their life on the best foot possible, the state has no right interfering with what a parent sees as the best avenue for their child to pursue.
If S244 passes into law, this will undoubtedly limit the rights of parents to homeschool their children as they see fit.