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Homeschooler Threatened with Truancy Charges
Home School Legal Defense Association member Sharon Fletcher (name changed to protect privacy) was shocked when she received not one but two truancy petitions from the Douglas County prosecutor for her children whom she had withdrawn from public school. She turned to HSLDA for help. Staff attorney Michael Donnelly immediately contacted the prosecuting attorneys for the school district and explained that Mrs. Fletcher was homeschooling her children in compliance with state law. Donnelly’s correspondence convinced them to dismiss the case.
It can be quite unnerving to receive a court summons. Mrs. Fletcher told HSLDA that it was a relief to be able to turn the matter over to us, and she was relieved to hear that HSLDA was able to handle the matter expeditiously and successfully. Every year paper work issues, misunderstandings, and over-zealous public officials can cause serious headaches for law abiding citizens. HSLDA is pleased to stand ready to help our members resolve these matters quickly so that you can focus on what’s most important—educating your children!
— by Michael P. Donnelly