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Home Visits Ruled Unconstitutional by Mass. Supreme Judicial Court

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Another Home Schooling Statesman

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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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Groundhogs and Portfolios
    Punxsutawney will be the focus of a good deal of attention on February 2, as people watch anxiously to see if a certain groundhog views his shadow or not. However, a Home School Legal Defense Association family in this district recently had something else to be anxious about.
    Pennsylvania law requires that home schooling families submit a portfolio at the end of each school year to the local school superintendent for his review. However, the Punxsutawney superintendent wrote a letter to one of our member families stating that he wanted to prevent any problems or questions at the end of the school year. His solution was to demand that they submit their portfolio in November, so he could review the work they had accomplished up to that point. Needless to say, the family was not thrilled with his proposed solution, and they contacted HSLDA for help.
    Dewitt Black, the HSLDA attorney for Pennsylvania, wrote a letter to the school district informing the superintendent that state law does not require a family to submit the portfolio before the end of the school year unless the superintendent has reason to believe that an appropriate education is not taking place. This family has received no further requests from the superintendent.

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