Superintendent insists on registration and meeting
The Butte-Silver Bow County Superintendent of Schools has notified parents conducting home schools that their children must register with his office and that the parents must meet with him. Responding on behalf of a member family in Butte, Home School Legal Defense Association informed the county superintendent that neither the registration nor the meeting was required by state law. Montana Code Annotated §20-5-109 requires home schools to notify the county superintendent of schools in each school fiscal year of the student's attendance. Parents who comply with this requirement and the other provisions of §20-5-109 have met all legal requirements for conducting a home school.
Local public school officials are without any authority to establish any policies or procedures that add to or contradict the provisions of state law. HSLDA member families encountering such difficulties are encouraged to contact us for assistance. — Dewitt T. Black