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Cover Story
Erasing the Barriers for Children with Special Learning Needs

Special Features

An Interview with the Forstroms

An Interview with Betty Statnick: HSLDA’s Special Needs Coordinator

National Center Reports

Will the 2000 Elections Impact Home School Freedom?

106th Congress Wrap-Up

Across the States

State by State

Regular Features

Active Cases

Prayer and Praise

Notes to Members

Presidents Page

F. Y. I.

Association News

An Affirmative Plan: Debate Tournament

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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 attorney’s 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 children’s 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 attorney’s office that the family was operating a bona fide home school program, the educational neglect investigation was dropped. — Christopher J. Klicka