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November / December 2003

Colleges and homeschoolers

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Farris meets with President
A gift for the next generation
Homeschooling grows up

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Berkeley County harasses homeschoolers

Under South Carolina law, one of the options for parents desiring to homeschool is to join a homeschool association with at least 50 members. At the beginning of the 2003-2004 school year, a school social worker for Berkeley County School District went to the homes of homeschooling families insisting that they provide copies of documents verifying their membership in a homeschool association. The head of one of the homeschool associations, who is also a member of Home School Legal Defense Association, contacted us for assistance. HSLDA Senior Counsel Dewitt Black wrote to the public school official responsible for the home visits and advised her that the attempts to obtain such documentation were not authorized by South Carolina law. He cautioned her about continuing to harass these law-abiding families who were in full compliance with all legal requirements for their homeschooling program.

Section 59-65-47 of the Code of Laws of South Carolina (1976) requires homeschool associations to report the number and grade levels of children being homeschooled through the association to the children's respective school districts by January 30 of each year. This is the only information required to be furnished to local school districts about homeschool associations under South Carolina law. After receiving this information in the letter from HSLDA, the school district ceased further contact with our member families. Any homeschooling families in South Carolina encountering unauthorized contacts from public school officials should contact HSLDA for assistance.

— Dewitt T. Black