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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"Approval" causes problems

Utah is one of only three states that still have an "approval" law for homeschoolers. In the other two, Massachusetts and Rhode Island, homeschoolers routinely encounter major problems. Utah's homeschool problems are more rare, since most school districts permit home education with minimal control. When there are problems, however, they can be serious.

One Home School Legal Defense Association member family had to put up with a visit by police, followed by two social workers. Their local school district demanded that each new homeschooler fill out certain forms, bring them to the local school building, and meet with a school official face to face. When our member family refused to follow these procedures, their educational program was called into question. The police officers tried to persuade the children that they were "really missing out" because they did not attend public school. Fortunately, these families had the courage to stand their ground, despite this pressure.

HSLDA is committed to defending each member family in Utah, and we also believe it is time for a better Utah law. We are committed to working with homeschoolers across the state to end the outmoded "approval" regime in Utah.

— Scott W. Somerville