The Home School Court Report
Vol. XXII
No. 2
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March/April
2006

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Carry a big stick

When the Pardons, one of our member families, first contacted the Nebo Unified School District about a driver's education course, they were told that school district policy had recently changed and homeschoolers could no longer participate. Utah state law, however, gives homeschoolers the ability to participate in extracurricular courses like driver's education, and the school did not have the authority to make a contradictory policy.

After talking to Home School Legal Defense Association staff, the Pardons discussed the law with the school and mentioned that the district could contact their attorney at HSLDA for further verification. The district quickly rescinded its previous comments and indicated that the Pardons' child would be allowed to participate in the driver's education program without any further difficulty.

This is a victory for one family, but not for homeschoolers across Utah. Because our goal is to ensure freedom for every Utah homeschooler, not just HSLDA members, we will be watching this county closely

— by Scott W. Somerville