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VOLUME XVIII, NUMBER 1
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JANUARY / FEBRUARY 2002
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Cover Story
Charter schools: The price is too high

Charter schools: Look before you leap

Regular Features
Freedom watch

A contrario sensu

Active Cases

Notes to members

Prayer and praise

President's page

Across the States
State by State

FYI
HSLDA social services contact policy

A plethora of forms

HSLDA legal contacts for August 2001

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Texas
Roundup of contacts

Here are samples of some of the conflicts Home School Legal Defense Association helped Texas members resolve with school districts as this school year began.

A Wood County Special Education Department official insisted that an HSLDA member family come in for a meeting at the public school. However, the family wanted neither to meet with the school nor to participate in the school's special education services.

The Alvarado Independent School District and Wylie Intermediate School both sent families forms to complete that are not required by state law.

Troup Elementary School asked an HSLDA member family to submit a list of books and textbook publishers before their home school could be "approved." School officials have no authority to review home schoolers' curriculum, much less approve their home schools.

Highlands Elementary School demanded a meeting with an HSLDA member family before they would "approve" the family's home school.

In each case, HSLDA responded on behalf of our members and resolved the matter by informing the school district that no such meeting or forms were required and that the schools had no authority to either approve or disapprove home schools.

- Christopher J. Klicka