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School Board Rejects Homeschooler’s Notification

When Bradford County Home School Legal Defense Association member Susan Vonn (name changed to protect family’s privacy) decided to homeschool her son, she called the school board to find out where to send her letter of intent.*

She was told that a specific form was needed. She obtained the form, but only filled out the portions of it required by state law. (The only information required from homeschoolers by state law is the information required in the notice of intent: the parents’ names; the child’s name, residence, and date of birth; and a parent’s signature.)

Soon after filing her notice of intent, however, Mrs. Vonn was told by the school board that, before her son could be legally registered as a homeschooler, she must also provide his current grade level, grade level completed, and a list of curriculum.

After hearing from Mrs. Vonn about the county’s mistake, HSLDA sent a letter to the school board informing them that this homeschooling mother had already fulfilled the requirements of the law and that the board had no legal right to require any additional information. HSLDA told the board that demanding information not required by law is illegal and that they needed to amend their form to comply with state law.

HSLDA recommends that our members in the Bradford County area not use the county forms in place of a letter of intent. Members can access an alternate form on the members section of the HSLDA website under "Forms and Resources."

— by Christopher J. Klicka

* See ”A plethora of forms“