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Department Dubious about Homeschoolers

Since the District of Columbia School Board approved its revisions to its homeschool regulations, Home School Legal Defense Association has seen an increase in interactions between the Department of Children and Families (DCF) and homeschooling families. DCF continues to cite the grisly case of Banita Jacks, who claimed to be homeschooling and was convicted in July 2009 of murdering her four children.

The horrible facts in the Jacks case had nothing to do with homeschooling and more to do with incompetence on the part of five agencies who failed to follow proper protocols. Although some district officials have hinted at further increasing regulations on homeschoolers, attorneys for the office of the state superintendent of education have formally told HSLDA that while there has been talk of new regulations, there are none on the official regulatory calendar for this year. HSLDA will continue to monitor the situation and keep members informed. To learn more about the D.C. Board’s 2009 revisions to the regulations, visit HSLDA’s District of Columbia page. It is important that homeschoolers in the district remain ready to defend their freedoms. In the meantime, HSLDA encourages members to become part of a homeschool support group like the DC Home Educators Association or, for military families, the Bolling Area Home Educators group.

— by Michael P. Donnelly