The Home School Court Report
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July / August 2003

Homeschoolers shine at competitions
Ready for the new school year
Farris given prize
The tide turns with the Stumbo decision

Signs of the turning tide

Timeline of the Stumbo case

The Stumbos' thoughts
Bush signs bill to protect families

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a contrario sensu (on the other hand)

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Citrus County hassles new homeschooler

In early December, a Home School Legal Defense Association member family in Beverly Hills, the Mullises, withdrew their child from public school, began homeschooling, and within a few days notified the Citrus County School District. Although Florida law gives parents 30 days following a child's withdrawal from public school to notify the school district of their intention to homeschool, Citrus County decided to count the three days between the withdrawal and notification as unexcused absences. The district instituted a statutory process that required the family to go before a panel to have their portfolio reviewed after 30 days of homeschooling. The district also gave Mr. and Mrs. Mullis a three-day notice that truancy charges would be filed.

HSLDA immediately intervened to prevent truancy charges from being filed. Meanwhile, the school district still insisted the child was truant even though the parents had verbally withdrawn the child from public school and filed a formal notice of intent just three days later. A hearing was scheduled before a "portfolio review committee," but HSLDA counseled the family not to attend and sent a letter to the school coordinator for student services on the family's behalf.

At the end of March, the school attorney contacted HSLDA and informed us that he was instructing the school district to change its attendance records to reflect the legality of the Mullis homeschool.

Christopher J. Klicka