The Home School Court Report
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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

Along the way

Abounding in the work of the Lord

Resource information
From the heart
Across the states
Active cases
In the trenches
Freedom watch
Members only
About campus
President's page


HSLDA social services contact policy/A plethora of forms

HSLDA legal inquiries

Prayer & Praise




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We didn't mean it!

Ohio's homeschool regulations are intended to ensure equal treatment of homeschoolers by prohibiting school districts from establishing arbitrary policies. One district, Tuscarowas-Carroll-Harrison Educational Service Center, has a long history of trying to add to Ohio's homeschool regulations. After receiving repeated letters of objection from Home School Legal Defense Association, the district finally began to adjust its policies last year.

On the heels of the district's improvements, local homeschoolers were appalled to receive forms this fall that were as intrusive as ever. The district's paperwork stated,

All work, schedules, and curriculum are subject to periodic inspection by an attendance officer. This inspection will be conducted during one or more home visits. If the homeschool procedures are not followed as indicated in this application, the homeschool privilege will be revoked and the child will have to return to the school setting.

HSLDA Attorney Scott Somerville contacted the district's attorney, Kimball Carey. Explaining that HSLDA could not allow the district to send out such paperwork, and would be forced to take action, Somerville invited Carey to contact HSLDA at the earliest opportunity.

Carey responded quickly. He had researched the matter and discovered that the district had sent outdated forms. Instead of an intentional assault on homeschool liberties, the district was guilty of nothing worse than a paperwork error. Carey assured HSLDA that families in the district would receive a letter explaining the problem and setting matters straight.

— Scott W. Somerville