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Fayette Threatens to Shut Down Homeschools

Last December, the attendance director of Fayette County Public Schools sent a letter threatening to shut down any homeschools that did not turn in year-end assessments by the June 30 due date.

Emphasizing that the requirement “must be strictly adhered to,” she stated, “If the assessment results are not turned in on or before June thirtieth of the year in which the student was instructed at home, the parent/guardian shall be denied the right to home school his or her child the following year.”

It is regrettable that the attendance director chose to make this belligerent threat. Mutual respect and goodwill are much more effective in the long run than threats.

Despite the fact that only a judge—not an attendance director—has power to deny the right to homeschool, and despite the unnecessarily hostile tone of the letter, Home School Legal Defense Association urges families to be conscientious about complying with the June 30 due date. An assessment submitted after that date places the family’s homeschool program in jeopardy of being out of compliance with the compulsory attendance law, with potentially significant consequences.

— by Scott A. Woodruff