School Districts Exceed Authority
Many Home School Legal Defense Association members have contacted us after receiving various forms from their school district. One of the most common forms is the Nonpublic Registration, Enrollment, and Staff Report. This form is completely voluntary. There is no law requiring private schools to register with any school official, nor are they required to seek approval.
HSLDA has drafted a sample statement of assurance letter which we recommend home schoolers send to their school district if the district initiates contact. Home school families have no obligation to initiate any contact with the school officials.
Educational Neglect Threatened
A member family in LaSalle County received a letter from the local state attorneys office indicating that they were in the process of filing a complaint for educational neglect against the family. HSLDA immediately contacted the assistant state attorney and discovered that he was being phone stalked (in his words) by an individual complaining that this family were neglecting their childrens education through home schooling. (Apparently, this was a disgruntled relative who did not like home schooling.)
After HSLDA sent a written assurance to the local state attorneys office that the family was operating a bona fide home school program, the educational neglect investigation was dropped. Christopher J. Klicka