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District Demands too much Info

A Home School Legal Defense Association member family recently received a letter from the Rochester City School District homeschool coordinator stating that their quarterly report was incomplete. The district insisted that Mr. and Mrs. Bergeson (name changed to protect family’s privacy) provide a more detailed description of the material they had covered in each subject area that quarter.

Believing that they had submitted all the information required by law, Mr. and Mrs. Bergeson contacted HSLDA.

Staff attorney Thomas Schmidt reviewed the quarterly report the Bergesons had submitted to their district. According to 100.10 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education, the quarterly report must contain the number of hours of instruction for that quarter, a description of the material covered in each subject, and a grade or written narrative evaluating the child’s progress. Additionally, if at least 80% of the material the parent planned for that quarter is not completed, an explanation must be provided. The Bergesons’ quarterly report met all these criteria.

Schmidt wrote a letter to the Rochester City School District clarifying the legal requirements for quarterly reports and emphasizing that the Bergesons’ quarterly report fulfilled the requirements. Mr. and Mrs. Bergeson have had no further difficulties with their district.

— by Thomas J. Schmidt