The Home School Court Report
VOLUME II, NUMBER I
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Cover Stories

Homeschools make an impact

Families continue to join HSLDA

Contact countdown for August through November, 1985

Victories in Connecticut

Onslaught in Ohio

Features

Across the States

C O V E R   S T O R Y

Contact countdown for August through November, 1985

Since late August 1985, HSLDA has helped 84 families resolve their contacts with school officials or state attorneys. All of these contacts, except three, were resolved without going to court. The three that went to court were all dismissed in favor of the homeschool families.

In all of these contacts, a school official would contact the families by letter, phone, or a personal visit. The families would then contact HSLDA attorneys who would help the parents develop a strategy of what to submit or say to the school authorities. In most cases, the school officials would be satisfied after receiving a letter from the parents and eventually meeting with them if necessary. In situations where the superintendents tried to impose severe restrictions or refused to recognize the right to homeschool, the HSLDA staff would intervene by a letter and phone call. In several situations HSLDA would hire a local attorney to negotiate further with the school authorities or state attorneys.

Below is a state-by-state breakdown of all the 146 contacts that have occurred in the last four months. It is interesting to note the four states that have had the most contacts: Texas had 22, Michigan had 20, Ohio had 19, and California had 14. The 62 remaining contacts are still being negotiated by the HSLDA staff, parents, and school authorities, or have become inactive for the past month. Out of the 62 unresolved contacts, 12 have ended up in court and are presently at various stages of litigation.

Total statistics for August–November 1985

Total number of contacts.....................................................................................146

Total number of contacts resolved.........................................................................84

Total number of contacts unresolved.....................................................................62

Total number of unresolved contacts in court........................................................12

State-by-state breakdown of contacts for August through November, 1985

State # of contacts Resolved Unresolved In court
Alabama 4 4 0 0
Arkansas 1 1 0 0
California 14 6 8 2
Colorado 2 1 1 0
Connecticut 3 3 0 0
Florida 5 2 3 0
Hawaii 1 1 0 0
Idaho 2 0 2 0
Illinois 2 2 0 0
Indiana 1 1 0 0
Iowa 6 1 5 2
Kansas 8 5 3 0
Maryland 8 3 5 0
Massachusetts 1 1 0 0
Michigan 20 8 12 2
Minnesota 1 0 1 0
New Jersey 3 2 1 0
North Dakota 2 0 2 0
Ohio 19 12 7 3
Pennsylvania 8 5 3 0
Rhode Island 1 0 1 0
Texas *These contacts are all on hold until the outcome of the Leeper case. The superintendents or prosecutors have promised HSLDA that they will wait. 22 18* 4 2
Virginia 8 6 2 1
Washington 3 1 2 0