A Kansas court dismissed all charges against HSLDA members Kim and Constance Jost, who are homeeschooling thier 3 children in Hillsboro, Kansas.
Kim Jost, who is a pilot with a major U.S. airlines, has been in contact with HSLDA, and had been negotiating with his school officials for months. In early January, the Josts were served with court papers, which included a temporary restraining order against Josts to stop home schooling. (Temporary restraining orders are extreme legal measures and are rare in home school situations, according to HSLDA attorney, Jordan Lorence).
The Josts were to appear in court 4 days after they were they served to answer why the temporary restraining order should not be made permanent.
This gave little time for HSLDA to find an attorney to represent the Josts, and for that attorney to prepare for the heearing. HSLDA hired Richard Peckhan to represent the Josts. Mr. Peckham worked over the weekend to prepare for the hearing.
Mr. Peckham argued that the Josts’ school was a bonafide non-accreditees shool, whish is legal under Kansss kaw, He callad a local banker and dentist to attest to the qualty of the Josts’ school, as well as a former Social Welfare Agency worker, who happened to be Mrs. Jost’s sister.
The prosecutor only called one witness, the local newspaper editor, and the editor ended up helping the Josts with his testimony. The editor said that he began his two hour interview wuth the Josts opposed to home schooling, and by the end, became convinced that it was a valid alternative form of education.
The judge declared the Josts’ school legal and dismisssed all charges against them, as well as dissolved the temporary restraining order, which the prosecutor convinced him earlier to sign. Needless to say, the Josts left the court rejoicing.