The Home School Court Report
Vol. XXVI
No. 4
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July/August
2010

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MINNESOTA

Public School Extraction Woes

After a bullying incident that was not properly addressed by the principal, the Miller family (name changed to protect privacy) had had enough of the problems with their local elementary school. They had been considering homeschooling for some time, and the incident prompted them to finally withdraw their children from public school. The family joined Home School Legal Defense Association and filed the appropriate forms with their superintendent. However, just days later, a social services caseworker called, asking to meet with them and talk with their children about their absences from school. Obviously, the school principal had referred the Millers to social services.

The family contacted HSLDA. After gathering the necessary facts and information, HSLDA Staff Attorney Michael Donnelly told the case worker that because the family was in compliance with the compulsory attendance law, the children were not truant and there was no need for follow-up. Eventually, Donnelly convinced the persistent caseworker that no contact with the family was required, and she agreed to close the case.

It is not uncommon for families who are pulling their children out of the public school system to run into these kinds of difficulties. Because of HSLDA’s experience in dealing with such situations, we are usually able to help our members resolve the situation in a way that respects their freedoms and privacy. We encourage families who are just beginning homeschooling to join HSLDA so that we can help them navigate this process.

— by Michael P. Donnelly