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Homeschool Family Charged With Truancy
Filed: October, 2005
Nature of Case: The Johnson family had their child in public school in Potter County, but began homeschooling at the beginning of the 2005-06 school year. As a courtesy, the mother informed the school district that their son would be homeschooled; she also asked for her son's academic transcript. After the family received the transcript they also received a court summons in the mail. The Potter County Justice of the Peace signed a court order stating that they had to appear in court to answer for the "offence of failure to appear in public school" against the laws of Texas. Home School Legal Defense Association attempted to dismiss the case, but the school district adamantly pursued the charges.
Attorney Tom Sanders, an HSLDA local associate counsel, represented the family and negotiated a dismissal since the family was completely operating within the law.
Last Updated: February 27, 2006