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BY DI READERS | MAY 15, 2013 5:00 AM

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Volunteer with the Crisis Center

The Crisis Center of Johnson County is currently seeking 30 open-minded, compassionate, and dependable individuals to volunteer in the Crisis Intervention program as 24-Hour Crisis Line counselors and Crisis Chat specialists. Those interested are invited to Volunteer Info Night on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the Crisis Center, 1121 Gilbert Court. Staff members will provide an overview of the program and answer questions.

Applications are available online at the Crisis Center’s website, jccrisiscenter.org, and will be accepted via mail, fax, or in person until May 20. Alternatively completed applications can be emailed to admin@jccrisiscenter.org, or you can call (319) 351-0140 to schedule an interview and submit the completed application at that time. Volunteers must complete training and commit to a weekly three-hour shift for a minimum of nine months.

“During the last fiscal year, we responded to 11,411 contacts, of which 10 percent were related to suicide. We wouldn’t be able to provide this 24-hour service if it weren’t for our dedicated volunteers,” said Keri Neblett, the center’s community intervention director.

Harmony Hauser
Crisis Center communications coordinaton

RE: ‘Regulation of homeschooling should not be removed’

I do not need “oversight, rules, and regulations” to force me to provide a stellar education for my children. I have love. Homeschooling parents don’t do what they do every single day because the district says to, or the superintendent says to, or the state says to. We do it because we believe it’s the right thing to do. Assuming all parents need external motivation and accountability to do the right thing is astoundingly arrogant. We’re fine. We’ve got this. And the last place I would ever look for advice, motivation, or accountability is the public-school system. Remember, we have the Chicago Public School system with its 55 percent graduation rate and a local suburban high school with 59 percent in adequate skills. That means that 41 percent of kids don’t have adequate skills. And you’re worried about us.

Christine Drumm
Channahon, Illinois

Homeschoolers score more than 30 percentage points above their public-school peers. There is no racial gap in performance among home-educated students. Until public schools clean up their act (Hint: not with the planned Common Core disaster), they should leave the success stories alone. Rules and regulations have not improved public education one iota over the last 30 years — they’ve just created more taxpayer-funded jobs.

Virginia Seuffert

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