The Home School Court Report
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Superintendent Apologizes to Butte Families

In the last issue of the Court Report, we reported that the superintendent of schools in the city of Butte rejected eight Home School Legal Defense Association member families’ notices of intent (see the article, “Superintendent rejects notices of intent,” in the Nov./Dec. 2009 Court Report). Since that article went to press, the situation has been resolved.

The superintendent had originally stated that the notices of intent lacked the information she needed to register the students. She requested additional information about the students and their parents, and asked to schedule a meeting to discuss their intention to homeschool.

HSLDA Senior Counsel Dewitt Black contacted the superintendent on behalf of all member families in Butte. He explained that homeschoolers are not required by law to register with the public school district, to submit the additional information she was requesting, or to schedule a meeting with school officials. Black also informed her that the homeschooling families had complied with state law by properly filing their notices of intent.

In addition to HSLDA’s communication with the superintendent, Steve White of the Montana Association of Home Educators spoke with the school official and explained the legislative history of the current law. As a result, the superintendent withdrew her request that the families register their children and sent a letter of apology to all parties involved.

— by Dewitt T. Black