The Home School Court Report
Vol. XXIII
No. 5
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September/October
2007

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School Threatens Court Action

When the Munds withdrew their granddaughter from public school in order to homeschool her, they had no idea they would run into so many problems.

Mrs. Mund sent written notice to her granddaughter’s public school that she would be withdrawing the girl from the school in order to homeschool her. The Munds began homeschooling on the date they had specified in their notice, but to their dismay they received a notice from the public school titled, “Non-Attendance of Children in School.” The notice stated that Mrs. Mund must send her granddaughter to public school and that the girl needed to maintain regular and consecutive attendance at school for the remainder of the year. The notice also demanded that Mrs. Mund attend a school conference or face court action!

Shocked, Mrs. Mund contacted Home School Legal Defense Association for help. On behalf of this member family, HSLDA Senior Counsel Christopher Klicka immediately sent a letter to the public school in response to the notice. In the letter, Klicka outlined the state homeschool law, which guarantees Mrs. Mund the right to withdraw her granddaughter from public school to homeschool her. Klicka assured the public school that the Munds were following the law and that the conference and court action would not be necessary. He also cancelled the school conference.

The school district backed off and Mrs. Mund has been safely homeschooling ever since without interference.

— by Christopher J. Klicka