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January / February 2004

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Old Bridge relies on old policy

In yet another attempt to glean unnecessary information, Old Bridge Township Principal Arthur Barnes recently warned a third Home School Legal Defense Association member family to supply information about their homeschool program within 10 days or face truancy proceedings. He was apparently ignoring HSLDA's previous letter assuring him that this family was in compliance with the law. (Read about previous Old Bridge incidents on HSLDA's website by visiting, clicking on the U.S. map, and then clicking on New Jersey.)

Barnes told HSLDA he was just following procedure at the instruction of the assistant superintendent, Dr. Gail Verona, when he sent the warning. Dr. Verona, in turn, said her policy was being reviewed by her attorney.

We contacted Old Bridge's attorney and offered to help the school system brings its policy into conformity with state homeschool policy as expressed by the state department of education in its Frequently Asked Questions about Homeschooling in New Jersey, published in September 2000.

HSLDA does not believe Old Bridge Township will initiate truancy proceedings. We have advised our member family not to supply the requested information, which included a daily and hourly schedule and a copy of the curriculum.

— Scott A. Woodruff