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Family challenged in Mobile

Even though a homeschooling family in Mobile was in full compliance with the compulsory attendance law, they received several visits in October from truant officers contending that their children were unlawfully absent from public school. This family had been homeschooling for three years and had filed a church school enrollment form with the local public school superintendent as required by state law. Despite this, the parents were served a notice of noncompliance with the compulsory school attendance law and warned to have their children attend public school within three days of receiving the notice.

Home School Legal Defense Association Senior Counsel Dewitt Black wrote the school district's attendance officer and explained the legal provision under which parents teach their children at home in Alabama. He informed the school official that the children were enrolled in a church school, and that the parents had already filed the church school enrollment form with the local public school superintendent. Black also pointed out that state law does not require the enrollment form to be filed on an annual basis. After HSLDA sent this letter, the family received no further contact from the truant officers.

— Dewitt T. Black