The Home School Court Report
VOLUME XX, NUMBER 1
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January / February 2004


FEATURES
Can Judicial Tyranny Be Stopped?

DEPARTMENTS
Freedom watch
From the heart

The difference made by "little things"

Impact of the Widows Curriculum Scholarship Fund

From the director
Across the states
Active cases
Members only

New email confirmation

Support homeschooling when you shop online
About campus

PHC in the news
President's page

ET AL.

HSLDA social services contact policy/A plethora of forms

HSLDA legal inquiries

Prayer & Praise


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MISSOURI

"Sign right here"

The Farmington R-7 School District has developed a form for parents to sign when they begin homeschooling. The form states:

I further understand . . . that I must maintain and make available for inspection at any time, upon the request of the Superintendent, any and all records and school work which I shall maintain to document my compliance . . . and, failing of such, . . . the Superintendent has the full right and authority to notify the office of the prosecuting attorney of such non-compliance.

State law, however, does not require homeschooling families to fill out any form. Nor does any local superintendent have the right to demand access to homeschool records. In fact, Revised Statutes of Missouri 167.071.2 does not even give a superintendent or attendance officer authority to investigate a homeschool family. If, however, a family signs Farmington's form, an official may argue that the family has consented and the superintendent has unrestricted access to their homeschool records. Home School Legal Defense Association recommends that our member families refuse to use the Farmington form.

Homeschooling, an educational method that provides great freedom, also results in great success. Efforts to take away homeschool freedom must be resolutely opposed.

An official from the Farmington R-7 School District told HSLDA that signing this form is "voluntary." If you live in the Farmington area, you can help protect homeschool freedom by rejecting Farmington's form and encouraging others to do likewise.

— Scott A. Woodruff