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July / August 2003

Homeschoolers shine at competitions
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The tide turns with the Stumbo decision

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The Stumbos' thoughts
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CHINS petition dismissed

Sixteen-year-old Shannon Walker's mother decided in early February to withdraw her daughter to homeschool her after a disappointing experience with the King William County public school system. Mrs. Walker notified the school superintendent with a telephone call and later submitted a letter informing the superintendent of her intent to homeschool.

Mrs. Walker was surprised several weeks later when she received a summons to court to respond to an allegation that Shannon was a "child in need of supervision" because of 47 days of consecutive absences from school. Dissatisfied with the notice of intent she had filed, the school system was counting Shannon absent from the day Mrs. Walker withdrew her to be homeschooled.

Rather than provide the family with a three-day written notice as required under Virginia law, which might have created an opportunity for reconciliation, school officials had simply arranged for a petition to be filed in court. If granted, it would have allowed the judge to take jurisdiction over the child.

At the initial court hearing, Home School Legal Defense Association Attorney Scott Woodruff persuaded the judge to postpone the case while the parties worked out their differences. The minor flaws in the notice of intent were subsequently remedied, and the school system agreed to allow the petition to be dismissed.

We subsequently warned the school system in writing that they could face legal consequences if they continue to fail to give families the required three-day notice.

Scott A. Woodruff

See "HSLDA social services contact policy."