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VOLUME XIX, NUMBER 2
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MARCH / APRIL 2003


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Together for freedom: Passing liberty to the next generation

Letter should fix college admission problems

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No child left untested

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a contrario sensu (on the other hand)

HSLDA legal contacts for November/December 2002



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NEW JERSEY

Fostering a "cooperative" relationship

In early September, the Old Bridge Township School District sent a Home School Legal Defense Association member family a letter, requesting evidence of equivalent instruction. The letter listed five items "required" for each child: a letter stating intent to home educate, a listing of academic subjects, a copy of curriculum with goals and objectives, a schedule of days and hours of instruction, and a listing of instructional materials.

HSLDA wrote to the district, clarifying that New Jersey's home education statute only requires parents to compel their children to attend a public school or a day school giving equivalent instruction to that of the public school, or "to receive equivalent instruction elsewhere than at school." No further requirements are given in the statute, nor is authority granted to the local school system to create further guidelines.

In October, we received a letter from the school district's counsel, indicating that the district understood parents are not required to submit materials, but was attempting to "foster a cooperative relationship" with the parents of homeschooled children. The district withdrew its request for information since there was no credible evidence that the children are not receiving equivalent instruction.

-- Scott A. Woodruff