The Home School Court Report
Vol. XXII
No. 6
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November/December
2006

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WASHINGTON

Districts Demand too Much

Several Home School Legal Defense Association members have received declaration of intent forms from their respective school districts requesting more information than the families are legally required to provide.*

According to 28A.200.010 of the Revised Code of Washington, a parent, guardian, or legal custodian is required to file an annual declaration of intent to homeschool. The declaration is only required to include the name and age of the child and specify whether a “certificated person” will be supervising the instruction, while “written in a format prescribed by the Superintendent of Public Instruction.”

However, the Evergreen School District No. 114 declaration of intent form sent to HSLDA members requested the child’s birth date, grade level, resident school, and parents’ phone number. Additionally, the form requested the name of the “certificated” teacher or person who would be providing the instruction.

In Oak Harbor School District No. 201, HSLDA member families who submitted HSLDA’s declaration of intent form were told they must use the district’s form instead. However, the district’s form required the child’s birth date, grade level, and parents’ phone number, none of which are mandated by state law.

The North Thurston Public Schools’ declaration form most closely matched the law’s requirements. While each child’s grade level, neighborhood school, and reason for homeschooling were requested, all were clearly marked “optional.” However, the form did request the child's date of birth instead of just his age.

HSLDA has created a declaration of intent form in the format prescribed by the superintendent of public instruction, asking only for the information legally required. Members may obtain this form by contacting us or downloading the form at http://members .hslda.org/state/WA.

* See “A plethora of forms”

— by Dewitt T. Black