Harrison County harasses home schoolers
Seventeen home schooling families in Harrison County, Kentucky, received a letter from Charles Kuster, Jr., the county attorney, requesting that these families meet with Lloyd Ogden, the director of pupil personnel, for the purposes of "documenting that you are in compliance with the law." The requested documentation was (1) attendance reports, (2) completed student progress reports, (3) courses of study, and (4) curriculum. It appears that this letter had been sent to any family who submitted their enrollment information after public school had started.
Since none of this information needs to be submitted to public school officials in Kentucky, Home School Legal Defense Association quickly wrote to the county attorney, explaining that the public school was not entitled to the home schoolers' records.
Attorney Kuster responded, repeating his determination to see the records, and claiming that he would be willing to go to court
over this issue even if he lost, as long as he could prove that the families were operating "bona fide" private schools.
HSLDA answered with a firm letter defending our members' rights to privacy. Since that time, the county has not contacted our member families.
- Darren A. Jones