The Home School Court Report
VOLUME XIX, NUMBER 4
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July / August 2003


FEATURES
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

DEPARTMENTS
Along the way

The National Center for Home Education
Freedom Watch

Watching school choice issues
From the heart
Across the states
Members only
Active Cases
About Campus
President's page

Beyond our expectations

ET AL.

Prayer & Praise

a contrario sensu (on the other hand)

HSLDA social services contact policy/A plethora of forms

HSLDA legal contacts for March/April 2003



  LEGAL/LEGISLATIVE UPDATES  



ACROSS THE STATES

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MISSOURI

A voluntary census

West Plains R-7 Director of Special Services Linda McAdams recently corrected some inaccuracies in a letter to local homeschooling families.

Dated April 21, 2003, her first letter said, "If you are aware of a child . . . who has a disability or suspect that a child . . . has a disability . . . please contact the district if this child is not currently attending the public school." The letter also stated that the district "is required by law to conduct this census by May 1 . . . ."

In fact, there is no such census due by May 1 (although one is required in the fall). Home School Legal Defense Association Attorney Scott Woodruff explained this to Ms. McAdams, and, to her credit, she immediately sent a letter of correction on April 24 explaining that no law requires a spring census.

Missouri residents are under no obligation to cooperate with unauthorized efforts to gather private information about other citizens. HSLDA recommends that families who receive a letter such as this simply disregard it. In a world of proliferating government databases, privacy is a precious commodity deserving our full protection.

Scott A. Woodruff