The Home School Court Report
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

FLORIDA

Orange County gets pushy

At the beginning of the school year, an Orange County school official paid a courteous visit to the Williams* family to request information concerning their children's education.

However, a few weeks later, the public school social worker, accompanied by two district attorney investigators, returned to the Williams's home. One of the investigators threatened that she could "handcuff the mother and arrest her" for "not sending her children to school." Ignoring the fact that the Williams family had their children enrolled under a home-based private school program, which is a legal option in Florida, the officials forced Mrs. Williams to sign a "nonattendance notification" form before they left.

Mrs. Williams called Home School Legal Defense Association, and we stepped in immediately to uphold her right to teach her children at home. Despite some resistance by the Orange County Public Schools social worker, her boss—the school administrator—finally accepted HSLDA's third-party verification of the family's right to enroll in a private school and teach their children at home. The investigation was dropped.

— Christopher J. Klicka

* Name changed to protect family's privacy. See HSLDA's social services contact policy.