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Cover Stories

Across the Nation

Denying Constitutional Rights for Money

Pennsylvania Under Fire

Contact Countdown

New York Tightens Up

South Carolina Disapproves

Onslaught in Michigan

Ohio Cases Increase

How to Correspond with Your School District

Present Legal Climate in California

Texas Drags On

Homeschoolers Excel


President’s Corner

C O V E R   S T O R Y

How to Correspond with Your School District

Many homeschoolers would rather not give the local school authorities any information on their homeschool because they believe God has given them the responsibility of educating their children, not the state. However, if you are contacted by the school district, we recommend all our members to respond to the school district in writing (after seeking counsel from us). But responding with assurances that your children are, in fact, receiving an education helps dispel any suspicion the school district might have, thereby avoiding drastic action on their part.

Therefore, HSLDA would like to make some suggestions to member families who find it necessary to contact their local school districts. Here are a few tips:

  1. It's important that a majority of contact with school authorities be in writing.
  2. Letters to school authorities should be neatly typed and double-spaced.
  3. Letters should be in proper business format.
  4. It’s a good idea to proofread letters and make sure there are no misspellings or typos. Their is nothing wurse then giving the local supretendent the impression that you don’t no how to spel! He will assume that since you cannot spell, you probably can’t teach many of the other basic subjects. Homeschoolers are to begin setting the standard for academic excellence. So be sure to check the dictionary if you are uncertain of the spelling of a particular word.
  5. Sentence structure should be organized; double-check grammar.
  6. Write the letter in your own words. Avoid the “canned look.” Use legal resources and other helpful materials as guides or outlines only.
  7. Be honest in what you write.
  8. Emphasize the facts of your educational program and religious convictions. HSLDA will handle the legal arguments when necessary.
  9. Choose one of the three options in our instruction sheet to members, and then follow the outline as you write your letter.

Remember! Your correspondence is often the first impression the local school authorities have of your family and your homeschool. It is worth the extra time to ensure all correspondence is professionally done. “And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father” (Ephesians 3:17).