The Home School Court Report
VOLUME XXI, NUMBER 6
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November / December 2005


FEATURES
A not-so-bright IDEA
Reforming social services

DEPARTMENTS
Liberty's Call
From the heart
Across the states
Members only
Getting there
Doc's digest
Active cases
Freedom watch
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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UTAH

Challenges and victories

Homeschoolers celebrated a monumental victory this past year with the unanimous passage of Senate Bill 59. We know from experience, though, that it takes more than a governor's pen to turn a piece of legislation into actual policy applied by school districts. The legal victory won, the battle has now switched to educating school districts about the change in the law.

Tooele County, notorious last year for making unlawful demands on homeschoolers, sent its same packet this year, demanding that homeschoolers "apply" to homeschool. Thankfully, alert Home School Legal Defense Association members were more aware of the law than their district! HSLDA has been in touch with Tooele County officials, and we hope that they will bring their demands into compliance with the law without further delay.

Not all school districts have completely missed these important changes. The Jordan School District, for instance, made significant changes to its information in accordance with SB 59's requirements. Jordan's forms are still not perfect, but they are responding to the legislature's mandates and making improvements.

Utah homeschoolers have been vigilant in the mop-up operations surrounding SB 59's implementation. HSLDA applauds every family who has played a role in preserving the blessings of liberty for ourselves and our posterity!

— by Scott W. Somerville