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May / June 2005

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Jay County threatens truancy charges

In October 2004, a Home School Legal Defense Association member family in Portland withdrew two of their children from public school. The parents sent the school letters of withdrawal stating their intentions to homeschool. No questions were asked, and the family confidently began their home education program.

However, in a letter dated February 11, 2005, the family received an "Official One Day Notice: Parent/Student Failure to Comply with Compulsory Attendance Laws." The school had completely disregarded the parents' letters of withdrawal and started marking the homeschooled students as absent back in October!

The family immediately called HSLDA for help. When HSLDA contacted the principal, he claimed he was not aware of the full details of the family's situation and insisted that he could only review their case if HSLDA contacted him in writing through email.

HSLDA's subsequent email explained Indiana's homeschool law and asserted the family's right to withdraw their children from public school in order to homeschool.

The principal acknowledged receipt of the email and did not press truancy charges.

— by Scott A. Woodruff