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An overly aggressive attendance officer in Fayette County had been causing problems for homeschoolers by insisting that they submit voluminous amounts of information regarding their curriculum before she would “recognize” their homeschool plan as being in compliance with the law. Of course, homeschoolers in the county, all of whom follow the “notice” option under West Virginia Code § 18-8-1(c)(2), weren’t asking this public school official to “recognize” or approve their curriculum.
In October 2009, Home School Legal Defense Association Staff Attorney Michael Donnelly, recently admitted to the West Virginia bar, met with a roomful of Fayette County homeschoolers to explain their rights under West Virginia’s homeschool law. Donnelly subsequently wrote a letter to the county superintendent explaining the homeschool law and requesting that the attendance director’s behavior be addressed. Shortly afterward at least one homeschooler who had been threatened with truancy was contacted by the attendance director and told that she did not need to submit any further information. Any HSLDA members still experiencing difficulties in Fayette County should contact us for assistance.
— by Michael P. Donnelly