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November / December 2003

Colleges and homeschoolers

Paul Owen's story

The big picture
2003 art contest

The judges and their thoughts on the artwork

Winners of the three categories
Farris meets with President
A gift for the next generation
Homeschooling grows up

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Abounding in the work of the Lord

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District adds requirements to home instruction

In a letter to a Home School Legal Defense Association member family, the North Syracuse Central School District insisted that the family appear at the district's registrar office and fill out a "New Entrant Form." The letter stated that in the event the parent was unable or unwilling to fill out this form, the family would be required to register their children in a public, private, or parochial school. After the family contacted HSLDA for assistance, Senior Counsel Dewitt Black wrote the school official and explained that New York law does not require parents to personally appear at the school district's office for any purpose and does not require completion of the requested form.

HSLDA frequently encounters instances in which local school districts attempt to force parents to complete various forms in connection with conducting a home instruction program. All documentation required by New York state law is described in the regulation governing home instruction programs, 100.10 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education. Local school districts are without any authority to require parents to complete any other documentation. HSLDA member families encountering difficulties like this should contact us for assistance.

— Dewitt T. Black