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Double pressure on single mom

Home School Legal Defense Association recently assisted a member who had run into difficulty with both the local school district and the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals.

This single mother home schools a daughter with special learning needs. In the past, the mother utilized some special education services through the public school, but this year, she decided to forgo this assistance and seek private services. At the same time, she also applied for state aid from the department of health and hospitals.

However, the school began pressuring her to come in for various meetings in connection with her daughter's special education. After she contacted HSLDA, we wrote a letter to the school telling them that our member family had no desire to receive any services from them, and therefore would not participate in any meetings.

In addition, the department of health and hospitals failed to recognize the family's status as a private school and thus denied the request for state aid. Under Louisiana state law, home schoolers may operate as a private school instead of an approved home school program, and the mother had chosen this option. HSLDA wrote to the department, explaining that this was perfectly legal.

Since these letters were written, our member family has had no further difficulties with either the school or the health department.

- Darren A. Jones