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Home Visits Ruled Unconstitutional by Mass. Supreme Judicial Court

Special Features
A Scorecard for the 105th Congress

Another Home Schooling Statesman

National Center Reports
Vocational Education Bill Passes With Protection

Preparing for the 106th Congress

FDIC Drafts “Know Your Customer” Regulations

Children’s Scholarship Fund Moves Forward

Free Computers for Home Schoolers

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Constitutional Amendment Passes
    On November 3, 1998, Florida voters passed a potentially dangerous amendment to the Florida Constitution which makes education of children a “fundamental value” of the state. The revisions also make it a “paramount duty” of the state to make adequate provision for the education of all children. “Adequate provision” includes a system of public schools which is “efficient, safe, secure, and high quality.” Home School Legal Defense Association opposed this amendment (see the September/October 1998 issue of The Home School Court Report), because we believe it clashes with the fundamental right of parents to choose the manner of education for their children and provides a means by which the state may challenge the sufficiency of home education.
    The home schooling law does not change merely because of this amendment. However, HSLDA urges all home educators to remain vigilant in keeping track of legislation proposed in furtherance of the new amendment.

Problems in Escambia County
    Several HSLDA member families in the Escambia County School District received forms from the district, requesting that they update their home school records. The forms asked for the names of all students in the program, gender, race, birth date, telephone number, age, and grade.
    In a letter to the school district, HSLDA attorney Dewitt Black explained that Florida law does not require any such update of records. In addition, the form went far beyond the minimal information which the law requires in the one-time notice of intent to home school. Therefore, filling out the form was not mandated by law. The school district abandoned its request for this information after receiving attorney Black’s letter.

    Once endangered, alligators have increased to become a nuisance and a danger, sometimes even swallowing small pets. The stomach of one was found to contain a pickle jar, dog collar, and several golf balls.