District wants private information
Home School Legal Defense Association recently helped a member family in Memphis who were being asked to provide extra information on the Notice of Intent to Home School form.
The Memphis City School District requested that our member family provide their home phone number in addition to the other information required on the Intent to Home School form. Many families consider their home phone number, especially an unlisted one, to be private information and prefer not to give it out. Unnecessary phone calls can be distracting interruptions to a home school family's schedule.
HSLDA Attorney Dewitt Black wrote a letter to the school district, informing them that current law does not require home school families to provide their phone number. According to the home school statute, the notice of intent must include only the name, number, age and grade level of children involved, location of the school, curriculum to be offered, proposed hours of instruction, and the parent-teacher qualifications.
Any HSLDA member families who receive similar requests from public school officials to provide more information than required by state law should contact us for assistance.
- Dewitt T. Black