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College asks superintendent to endorse home schooling

A Virginia member, attempting to enroll her son in Southside Virginia Community College, recently contacted Home School Legal Defense Association for help. In spite of the fact that her older daughter was a well-liked and successful student at the college, the director of admissions demanded that, because her son was home schooled, he must have a letter from the school superintendent giving him "permission" to attend college.

HSLDA received the call on Thursday. Classes were to begin on Tuesday. Attorney Scott Woodruff immediately faxed a letter to the director of admissions informing him that it is not necessary for a home school student to obtain any letter of approval from the superintendent of schools for purposes of validating his or her home school program. The letter further stated that the family had complied with all requirements of Virginia state law for the education of their son.

In response to attorney Woodruff's letter, the director of admissions contacted the family. The situation was resolved by Monday, and the home schooled student was able to attend college classes on Tuesday as planned.

Scott A. Woodruff