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

Litigation Roundup

Contact Countdown for August 1985 through February 1986

Colorado’s Restrictive Regulations Challenged

Irony in Iowa

HSLDA President Wins Witters

Two Cases for Home Education

Confusion in Kansas

Good News from California

Alaska Homeschoolers Excel

Features

President’s Corner

C O V E R   S T O R Y

Contact Countdown for August 1985 through February 1986

Since late August 1985, HSLDA has helped 121 families resolve their contacts with school officials or state attorneys. All of these contacts, except four, were resolved without going to court. The four 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 personal visit. The families would then contact HSLDA attorneys who would help the parents develop a strategy of what to submit or to 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 superintendent 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 the 183 contacts that have occurred in the last six months. Since the December newsletter, the same four states still have had the most contacts since August: Texas has 32, Michigan has 23, Ohio had 23, and California had 15. 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, 13 have ended up in court and are presently at various stages of litigation.

Total statistics for August 1985–February 1986

Total number of contacts.....................................................................................183

Total number of contacts resolved.......................................................................121

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

Total number of unresolved contacts in court........................................................13

State-by-state breakdown of contacts for August–February 1986

State # of contacts Resolved Unresolved In court
Alabama 4 4 0 0
Arkansas 1 1 0 0
California 15 10 5 2
Colorado 3 1 2 0
Connecticut 4 3 1 1
Florida 6 4 2 0
Hawaii 1 1 0 0
Idaho 2 2 0 0
Illinois 3 3 0 0
Indiana 2 2 0 0
Iowa 9 5 4 1
Kansas 8 7 1 0
Maine 1 0 1 0
Maryland 9 4 5 0
Massachusetts 2 1 1 0
Michigan 23 11 12 2
Minnesota 2 2 0 0
Nebraska 1 1 0 0
New Mexico 1 0 1 0
New Jersey 3 3 0 0
New York 1 1 0 0
North Dakota 2 0 2 0
Oregon 1 1 0 0
Ohio 23 12 11 4
Pennsylvania 10 6 4 0
Rhode Island 1 1 0 0
Texas 32 25 7 2
Virginia 10 8 2 1
Washington 3 2 1 0