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VOLUME XIX, NUMBER 1
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JANUARY / FEBRUARY 2003


FEATURES

State organizations: Making our voices heard

Illinois homeschoolers facing the heat

DEPARTMENTS
Along the way

The curtain rises on HSLDA

Looking toward the future
From the heart
Across the states
About Campus
Active Cases
Around the globe
President's page

The impact of a father's involvement

Practical ways that husbands can help their wives

ET AL.

Prayer & Praise

a contrario sensu (on the other hand)

HSLDA legal contacts for September/October 2002



  LEGAL/LEGISLATIVE UPDATES  



ACROSS THE STATES

AL · AR · CO · CT · DC · DE · FL · GA · KY · LA · MD · MI · MT · ND · NM · NY · OH · RI · SC · TX · VA · WY

CONNECTICUT

End-of-year portfolio reviews

According to the homeschooling guidelines adopted by the Connecticut State Board of Education in 1990, parents electing to comply with the guidelines should submit a portfolio of samples of their child's schoolwork to school officials at the end of the school year. The sole purpose of this portfolio review is "to determine if instruction in the required courses has been given." There is to be no evaluation of the student's academic progress, no review of standardized test results, no examination of attendance records, and no review of curriculum materials. The only requirement is that the parents bring samples of the child's work in the required subjects as proof that instruction has taken place.

Unfortunately, some public school officials attempt to use the portfolio reviews to make other determinations. Such was the case at the end of the 2001-2002 school year when the superintendent of Canton Schools notified parents that the purpose of the portfolio review was to determine whether the children had received "equivalent instruction" in the studies taught in the public schools. Home School Legal Defense Association was able to resolve this difficulty for our member families by writing the superintendent and providing him with a copy of the guidelines.

Any families receiving communications from school officials that are contrary to state board guidelines should contact HSLDA for assistance.

Dewitt T. Black