de kampanje

de kampanje sudbury school

intro’d via Pat‘s latest report on homeschooling..

de Kampanje is a school for young people aged 4 to 19

and interview by John:

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what Pat writes about the school:

Not just homeschooling is under attack in the Netherlands—all non-standard schooling is suspect. Peter HartKamp is one of the founders of De Kampanje-Sudbury School in the Netherlands and he writes about how he and his school are being penalized for “not complying with the compulsory school law.” HartKamp writes,

Three parents of De Kampanje were convicted by a lower court Judge for not complying with the compulsory school law. They were fined € 250 or 5 days in prison for the period 2011/2012. This was to be expected as the lower court Judges are normally shying away from taking principled decisions. All parents appealed with the higher court. We requested a quick court session. There case will start on 7th November 2013 (which is quick)

The prosecution office is very active and did not wanted to wait on the appeal, and in July five parents of De Kampanje had to appear in court for not complying with the compulsory school law for the month of May 2013. Our arguments were even stronger, nevertheless, the parents were convicted again. For two parents, this was their second conviction and the fines were doubled to € 500 per student.

This is very serious, as nothing will stop the prosecution office to prosecute them for the months of September, October or November, or even to prosecute them per week, per day, or per hour. With the fines doubling each time, it becomes potentially very expensive, apart from the risk of child protection service trying to take over custody.

A possible strategy to avoid this repeat prosecution is to start a new school (on paper) which would require the school inspection, to write a new report about the school, which again can be challenged in court, which could take up to 2 years.

insight from John:

their (de kampanje) problem is that they were given permission to form a school by the government, but they don’t fit the government’s inspection criteria, so they were deemed to be “not a school”
it’s a real school, but a sudbury-type
it is illegal to close schools in the netherlands
but, the government can sue the parents for sending their kids there
homeschooling is another issue as it has never really been legal there
for homeschooling, you need special court approval… and that’s done in circumstances only when kids don’t live in a particular school district (like on a boat)
and, in germany, it’s been getting better
the government is paying less attention to sudbury-type schools
and, after some civil rights cases, it’s much easier to homeschool now
the main issue is that governments tie inspection criteria with test scores — not something all schools are into
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