Legal Contacts September/October 2000
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February thru September
Truant Officer Visits
Upon returning home from the store, a Home School Legal Defense Association member in El Paso was stopped by a truant officer who insisted on coming into her house to see her curriculum. This home school mother immediately called HSLDA and handed the phone to the truant officer waiting outside. HSLDA was able to convince the truant officer that she had no authority to see the curriculum. We subsequently provided the officer with a letter of assurance that the family was in compliance with the law, thereby resolving the matter.
Social Workers Back Down
In Houston, a Child Protective Services representative insisted on separately interrogating the children of an HSLDA member. The social worker refused to reveal the allegations against the family. HSLDA immediately contacted the womans supervisor, who also stood her ground, but referred us to the CPS lawyer. After talking with HSLDA, the CPS lawyer instructed the supervisor and social worker that under the law, they clearly had to disclose the allegations against the family. HSLDA also prevented the CPS social worker from entering the home or interviewing the children.
As the lawyer spoke with HSLDA, he showed interest in finding out more about home schooling for his own child, because he was dissatisfied with the instruction the child was receiving in public school. HSLDA directed this father to resources on finding curriculum and beginning to home school. He responded that home schooling is here to stay. We thank God for protecting these two Texas families, and so many others in similar situations. Christopher J. Klicka