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Inappropriate Form Exceeds Law
    Under Washington law, home schooling families must use a form developed by the state superintendent of public instruction when submitting their declaration of intent, instead of simply writing a letter as most states allow. This can lead to problems when the form asks for information which is not required by state law.
    Dewitt Black, the Home School Legal Defense Association attorney who helps member families experiencing problems in Washington, recently wrote to the Tumwater School District, which had begun using a revised form which far exceeded the law. He explained that Washington law specifically describes what form the notice of intent must take:
  1. The declaration of intent must be signed by the parent;

  2. The declaration of intent must state that the parent is planning to cause the child to receive home-based instruction;

  3. The statement must include the name and age of the child;

  4. The statement must specify whether a certified teacher will be supervising instruction; and

  5. The statement must be written in a format prescribed by the superintendent of public instruction.
    HSLDA advises our Washington state members who receive a notice of intent form to go ahead and use it to file, armed with the knowledge that they do not need to fill out any portions of the form which conflict with or exceed the above provisions of state law.

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