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Principal Demands Proof of Homeschooling

At the end of January 2006, just one month after withdrawing their children from public school and beginning to homeschool, Mr. and Mrs. Dickison* were contacted by the principal of the Rising Star Independent School District at their unlisted phone number. The principal said that this Home School Legal Defense Association member family would have to put their children back in school unless they sent a formal letter proving that they were homeschooling.

HSLDA Senior Counsel Christopher Klicka immediately sent a letter to the principal, informing her that homeschooling families in Texas are not required to provide “notice” of homeschooling to the public school. Klicka told the school that contacting the family repeatedly or demanding unauthorized information would be a clear violation of the Dickisons’ civil rights. Since receiving the letter from Klicka, the principal has not contacted the Dickisons.

— by Christopher J. Klicka

* Name changed to protect family's privacy.