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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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PENNSYLVANIA

Saucon Valley adopts unlawful policy

On June 1, 2004, Saucon Valley School District adopted a policy for home education programs that is one of the most egregious deviations from state law seen by Home School Legal Defense Association. The policy's most notable provisions are as follows:

>>Each child residing in the school district must be enrolled in a program of instruction "deemed satisfactory" by the local superintendent.
>>The parent must submit a written statement to the superintendent requesting authorization to educate a child at home.
>>The parent must meet with the superintendent "to review the requirements set forth in this policy and to demonstrate that the parent/guardian has the capability to provide the educational program which is specified in this policy."
>>The nature, content, and extent of all home instruction must be reviewed yearly and approved by the superintendent before instruction can begin.
>>No homeschooling will be approved for the current school year after the third quarter of the school year.
>>Parents are required to teach their homeschooled children the same subjects as those specified for public school students in the same grade level.
>>The school district reserves the right to review basic instructional materials used in the home education program.
>>The district reserves the right to have the student evaluated by a school psychologist or other trained personnel to determine the student's mental ability and achievement levels.
>>The teaching parent "must complete the district's report card indicating the student's rate of progress, and submit a copy of the report card to the appropriate building principal on a date or dates specified by the district."
>>Achievement tests are mandatory for homeschooled students in the same grade levels at which public school students are required to take the tests, except for grade 11.

HSLDA Senior Counsel Dewitt Black wrote to the superintendent of Saucon Valley School District and informed him of the policy's many deviations from state law. To date, the district has made no attempt to enforce its unlawful policy against HSLDA member families.

— by Dewitt T. Black