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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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ACROSS THE STATES

AL · CA · CO · FL · GA · IA · KY · MI · MS · MO · NV · NJ · NM · NY · ND · OH · OK · OR · PA · RI · TX · UT · VT · VA · WA · WI

KENTUCKY

Registration demanded

Over the past few months, several Kentucky school districts have demanded that homeschooling families register with the public schools in order to teach their children at home. Most of these districts have insisted that parents submit each child's date of birth, grade level, race, and even Social Security number in addition to name and address.

There is no provision under Kentucky law requiring homeschooling families to register with the public schools. Parents are simply required to provide a notice of attendance with the name, age, and address of each student attending their private or parochial school. Under the Best Practice Document , if a family submits this information within two weeks of the beginning of the public school session, the family is presumed to be in compliance with the law and operating a bona fide school.

Several of the school districts claimed that the homeschool families were required to provide this extra information under the school census. However, as Home School Legal Defense Association Attorney Thomas Schmidt pointed out, the school census statute requires public schools to maintain a census only for children who are enrolled in public school. Homeschooled students are not enrolled in public school and therefore are not required to be counted in the census.

HSLDA will continue to defend our member families from having to provide private information above and beyond the law. Kentucky, like many other states, does not have a specific provision protecting homeschoolers' records from possible public disclosure.

— by Thomas J. Schmidt