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Plymouth develops its own notice of intent form

After using the notice of intent form contained in the guidelines established by the Connecticut State Board of Education, a Home School Legal Defense Association member family in Terryville was advised by the Plymouth Board of Education that this form was unacceptable. Instead, the home schooling family was told to use a notice of intent form developed by the Plymouth Board of Education requesting more information than prescribed by the state guidelines.

HSLDA contacted the board's curriculum coordinator and pointed out that the locally-developed form deviated from the state form in at least the following six ways:

  1. It sought the grade level of the child being taught,

  2. It elevated science from a recommended subject to a required subject,

  3. It sought a description of the curriculum used,

  4. It sought a list of the texts used,

  5. It asked whether the child had received public/private schooling at any time, and

  6. It asked how long the child had been home schooled.

After reviewing HSLDA's letter, Plymouth officials made no further effort to impose their form on our member family. — Dewitt T. Black