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May / June 2003

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Marion County questions homeschool

Enrolling their children in a Chapter 617 or a Chapter 623 private school enables Floridians to contractually arrange for a private school to provide minimal supervision of their homeschool program, rather than the public school providing supervision as occurs under the homeschool option. Unfortunately, sometimes school officials need a reminder that the private school option exists.

In January, the Marion County Public Schools District gave the Wilson family of Dunnellon three days to enroll their children in the public school. The Wilson family, however, believed that God had called them to teach their children at home and to train them in the Word of God as the foundation of every subject.

Home School Legal Defense Association intervened on behalf of this member family by assuring the district that the family was legally homeschooling pursuant to their enrollment with a local private school's home-based program. We also sent a lengthy memo establishing the legality of these private school coverings. The school district immediately backed off and stopped questioning the family's right to operate their homeschool program.

Christopher J. Klicka