Some of the most high-profile and controversial cases this school year have involved “covenant houses,” or homeschooling groups that use compulsory rules and obligations. Covenants are essentially arrangements by which parents co-own and control their children’s education and social interactions with no interference from outsiders. And many have raised red flags about whether parents are violating those rules and obligations.
Keeping parents’ names private in reporting cases is the province’s responsibility under the law. But advocacy groups that track schools and teachers, including Ontario Forum for Children, Women and Families, are dedicated to the transparency of the documents, and are demanding that the government hand over these documents, which contain personal details, to the public in the form of searchable PDF files.