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January / February 2004

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Three school districts apologize

Many school districts attempt to "stretch" the limits of state law by sending out inaccurate information about homeschooling or demanding data not legally required from homeschooling families. Although Home School Legal Defense Association regularly notifies school districts of such errors and takes action to protect its members, rarely do we receive an apology. This year, a number of Colorado school officials have proven willing to correct their mistakes.

Woodland Park School District distributed a memorandum entitled "Homeschool Procedures" to local homeschooling families. This memo contained several inaccurate statements regarding the homeschool law, including the assertion that homeschoolers who lived in the district but who filed elsewhere were required to notify the resident school district and inform that district where the test results were filed. The memo also claimed that families must use Woodland's Notice of Intent to Homeschool form, and insisted that habitually truant students could only homeschool after approval of their curriculum.

HSLDA Senior Counsel Christopher Klicka wrote to Woodland Park's assistant superintendent, pointing out these erroneous statements and requesting that the memo be corrected. To the district's credit, the assistant superintendent replied quickly, informing Klicka that the district had revised its memo to include each of the changes HSLDA suggested.

As reported in early fall 2003, Eaton School District had been sending local homeschoolers an information packet based on a law that was repealed over 15 years ago. When HSLDA pointed out this error, the district superintendent assured us that he removed the old forms and would only ask homeschoolers for the information required by current law. He thanked Klicka for facilitating this change.

Similarly, Weld County School District insisted that families who filed their notification of intent to homeschool in the district use the county's Notice of Intent form, which asked for information not required by law. Klicka wrote to the school district, advising them that their form was incorrect, and providing the district with the Notice of Intent form developed by HSLDA. The school district's attorney replied, indicating that HSLDA's interpretation of the law was correct. Weld County also promised to revise its form to reflect the form we provided.

We are grateful that we were able to resolve these situations. If any member family is asked to provide their district with information that is not required by law, contact the HSLDA legal department immediately.

— Christopher J. Klicka Note: See "A plethora of forms" on page 21.v20n108