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
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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



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RHODE ISLAND

Narragansett demands reports and testing

Unless we are vigilant for our homeschool freedoms, public education officials will push back the boundaries of our constitutional and God-given right to teach our children at home.

Recently, a Home School Legal Defense Association member forwarded a letter to us from the Narragansett School System. The letter said the Narragansett School Committee policy "must be followed" in order for a homeschool family to be "granted ongoing permission for homeschooling."

The letter was riddled with demands outside legal boundaries. Narragansett's policy requires families to submit monthly reports showing that the children are making adequate educational progress. The letter stated: "A folder containing representative samples of the student's work is to be submitted to the [local] School Principal on a monthly basis."

The policy also requires that homeschooled children be tested through the public schools. The letter stated that the homeschool student "must participate fully in the standardized testing program of the school system. . . . The student is required to be at the appropriate school for the testing."

HSLDA has responded and told the system that the family will not comply with these invasive requirements. We will stand up on behalf of this family to ensure that their right to educate their children at home is not compromised or subjected to unlawful demands.

Scott A. Woodruff