What'd I tell ya.
"A local law enforcement officer was quoted as saying that authorities were not able to 'get at' these families earlier because they were home schooling," Tim Lambert, president of the Texas Home School Coalition, said in a news release.
Here is the disturbing Houston Chronicle article in its entirety.
David C. Berliner, a regents' professor at the Mary Lou Fulton College of Education at Arizona State University whose research interests include school vouchers and classroom teaching, said it's wrong for the state to be hands-off.
''My take on it all is that children are not the personal property of parents,'' Berliner said by e-mail. ''As minors, the state has an abiding interest in checking on their welfare and their education. When the state doesn't do that, it is abandoning its responsibility to take care of those we define as not able to make decisions on their own.
''Walking away from such responsibility is cowardly. Texans should be ashamed of their lack of oversight," he said.