The Home School Court Report
VOLUME XXI, NUMBER 1
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January / February 2005


FEATURES
State Legislation Summary—2004
2004 art contest

Our Judges

Winners of the three categories
PHC beats Oxford in debate
GenJ: Into the land

What are Generation Joshua & HSLDA PAC?

Sodrel: One very tight race . . .

Davis: In a dead heat

DEPARTMENTS
From the heart

2004 in review

From the director

Impact of the fund

Mission statement of HSF
Across the states
Active cases
Members only
About campus
President's page

ET AL.

On the other hand: a Contrario Sensu

HSLDA social services contact policy/A plethora of forms

HSLDA legal inquiries

Prayer & Praise


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FLORIDA

Blanket portfolio reviews continue

On October 4, 2004, the Lee County School District sent homeschoolers a letter requiring them to bring their portfolios for the 2003–04 school year to the Student Welfare and Attendance Office to be "evaluated." According to the letter, the inspection was "due to the number of families enrolled in the program."

This demand is only the most recent example of the widespread misapplication of Florida's homeschool law by school districts. The law does allow districts to request portfolio reviews, but it was not the intent of the Florida legislature that portfolio reviews be conducted simply because of the number of people homeschooling in a county! This is an abuse of the law and a violation of the legislature's intent.

Home School Legal Defense Association believes that portfolio reviews should be conducted only if there is evidence that a family is not complying with the law. Portfolio reviews should not be a common practice nor performed randomly.

If you do not want your portfolio inspected, contact our office immediately and we will write to the school district on your behalf. If enough families maintain a firm stand, we can stop this random practice.

— by Christopher J. Klicka