District of Columbia
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In March, a member family received a letter from District of Columbia Public Schools telling them that their child was "not enrolled in a certified educational program." The letter further stated that the child "must be enrolled in an approved educational program," and closed with a veiled threat, "it is not the desire of this office to involve the court in this matter."
Two weeks later, the family received a second letter from the district, telling them that their children must remain enrolled in a school "acceptable to the Board of Education" until such time as written approval for home schooling is granted. This letter was accompanied by an Assurance of Consent Form, Home Instruction Program that requested vast amounts of unauthorized information, including whether the parents had a college degree, proof of the parents' teaching experience, and how much time was allotted to each subject per week. The form demanded that two identical portfolios be maintained with the parent keeping one, and the district keeping the other.
HSLDA responded on behalf of the family by letter, pointing out that the only legal requirements for home educating in DC is the maintenance of an accurate daily record of attendance. As this article goes to press, we have been trying to follow up this letter with a phone call, but have not yet received a definitive response. - Scott A. Woodruff