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As a single parent diligently homeschooling her three children, Ms. Saunders (name changed to protect privacy) was surprised to receive a letter from the LaRue County School District. In the letter, Director of Pupil Personnel Mike Brown stated he had received a report that Ms. Saunders’s children were not receiving a proper education at home. Brown requested that she provide attendance records, grades, curriculum information (including subjects and the grade level of each subject), as well as work samples.
Concerned that this report was made to prevent her from homeschooling her children, Ms. Saunders contacted Home School Legal Defense Association for assistance. HSLDA Staff Attorney Thomas Schmidt called Mike Brown and they discussed Kentucky law and the homeschooling Best Practices Document.
Under Kentucky law, parents are required to maintain attendance and scholarship records for each child. Under the Best Practices Document, these records would only be available for inspection in limited situations.
After talking with Schmidt, Brown agreed that some of the information he requested was beyond what would be required to demonstrate that Ms. Saunders was operating a bona-fide private homeschool program. With the guidelines established, Ms. Saunders was able to provide the minimum amount of information and resolve the investigation favorably.
— by Thomas J. Schmidt