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Truant officer requests curriculum

After 10 years in public schools, Sandy Hunt* of southeast Oklahoma asked her parents to homeschool her. Although Mr. and Mrs. Hunt had no previous experience with home education, they were willing to give it a try for Sandy's sake and subsequently joined Home School Legal Defense Association.

When the Hunts told Sandy's high school principal that they planned to homeschool her, he demanded written notice. They complied, though under no legal duty. Despite their compliance, the principal then asked the district attorney's office to take action against them.

A truancy officer from the D.A.'s office sent a letter to Mr. and Mrs. Hunt "requesting" that they supply him with "sufficient documentation as to the curriculum, objectives, and schedule of classroom supervision."

The family is under no legal obligation to respond to this request. HSLDA wrote the truancy officer, questioned how he would determine what was "sufficient," and assured him the family was in full compliance with the law. We have heard nothing further from him.

— Scott A. Woodruff

* Name changed to protect family's privacy.