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

Approval States Cause Conflict

Contact Countdown

Contacts Resolved in California

Ohio Cases Increase

Texas Gains Ground

The Pros and Cons of Standardized Testing

Gimme That Old-Time Education

Challenge to Teacher Certification
COVER STORY

Contact countdown

Since late August 1985, HSLDA has helped 165 families resolve their contacts with school officials or state attorneys. All of these contacts, except nine, were resolved without going to court. The nine that went to court were all dismissed in favor of the homeschool families by the efforts of HSLDA attorneys.

In most 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 as to how to communicate with the school authorities. In many 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/or phone call. In several situations HSLDA would hire a local attorney to negotiate further with the school authorities or state attorneys.

Shown is a state-by-state breakdown of the 221 contacts that have occurred in the last nine months. Since the March newsletter, the same four states still have had the most contacts since August: Texas had 36, Michigan had 29, Ohio had 28, and California had 23. The 58 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 58 unresolved contacts, 11 have ended up in court and are presently at various stages of litigation.

Total statistics for August 1985ľApril 30, 1986

Total number of contacts.....................................................................................221

Total number of contacts resolved.......................................................................165

Total number of contacts unresolved.....................................................................58

Total number of unresolved contacts in court........................................................11

State-by-state breakdown of contacts for August through April 30, 1986

State # of contacts Resolved Unresolved In court
Alabama 6 4 2 0
Arkansas 1 1 0 0
California 23 17 6 0
Colorado 3 2 1 0
Connecticut 5 4 1 0
Florida 7 6 1 0
Hawaii 1 1 0 0
Idaho 2 2 0 0
Illinois 3 3 0 0
Indiana 2 2 0 0
Iowa 12 6 6 1
Kansas 8 8 0 0
Maine 1 1 0 0
Maryland 10 6 4 0
Massachusetts 3 2 1 0
Michigan 29 16 13 3
Minnesota 2 2 0 0
Nebraska 1 1 0 0
Nevada 1 0 1 0
New Mexico 1 0 1 0
New Jersey 3 3 0 0
New York 3 2 1 0
North Dakota 2 0 2 0
Oregon 1 1 0 0
Ohio 28 21 7 4
Pennsylvania 13 8 5 0
Rhode Island 2 1 1 0
Texas 36 33 3 2
Virginia 11 9 2 1
Washington 3 3 0 0