The Home School Court Report
VOLUME XV, NUMBER 4
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JULY / AUGUST 1999
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Cover Story
What Did the Founders Say? A Strategy to Bring Original Intent Back to U.S. Courts

Special Features
House Protects Liberty—When Money Is at Stake

Debate: The Clash of Skill, Wit, and Ideas

PHC Breaks New Ground

Touched By An Angel Responds to Home Schooler’s Concerns

National Center Reports
Straight A’s Bill Introduced

Marriage Penalty Tax Relief

New Plan Allows SSN Alternative for IRS Deductions

The Beginning of the End:National Teaching Certificates and Goals 2000

Military Recuitment of Home Schoolers Increasing

Across the States
State by State

Regular Features
Press Clippings

A Contrario Sensu

Prayer and Praise

Litigation Report

President’s Page

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Across the States
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Home School Heartbeat in California

Angwin
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89.9
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Antelope
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INTERNET
Bakerfield
KFHL
91.7
FM
Bakersfield
KAXL
88.3
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Burney
KIBC
90.5
FM
El Centro
KGBA
100.1
FM
Glendale
KKLA
99.5
FM
Kernville
KQAB
1140
AM
Kettleman City
KWDS
89.9
FM
Lancaster
WOTW
88.9
FM
Livingston
KCJH
89.1
FM
Modesto
KCIV
99.9
FM
Murietta
KRTM
88.9
FM
Nipomo
**TRUTH RADIO
88.8
INTERN
Palmdale
C3 Radio
INTERNET

Quincy
KNLF
95.9
FM
Redding
KNDZ
89.3
FM
Redding
KVIP
98.1
FM
Redding
KVIP
540
AM
Richmond
KDIA
1640
AM
Riverside
KPRO
1570
AM
Santa Ana
Next Wave Radio Network

INTERNET
Santa Clarita
**BORN AGAIN
1070
AM
Santa Maria
KWQH
97.1
FM
Sepulveda
KDOB
92.1
FM
Stockton
KYCC
90.1
FM
Vacaville
KASK
91.5
FM
Van Nuys
KTLW
88.9
FM
Visalia
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California

Making an Informed Decision
    Many California home school families ask Home School Legal Defense Association whether they should file a private school affidavit establishing their own private school or join a private school independent study program (ISP or “umbrella school”). There is no one-size-fits-all answer to that question.
    HSLDA attempts to help parents determine which option is best for their own family and situation, and our advice may vary from family to family.
    It is legal to file a private school affidavit in every county in California despite misinformation that accompanies the R-4 private school affidavit. When a family chooses to establish their own private school and files the private school affidavit with the county superintendent of schools, school officials can assume that it is a home school because of the small number of students enrolled. When a private school affidavit is filed, it must include the name and address of the director or principal, but only the numbers, not names, of students and teachers.
    Many families are uncomfortable being identified as “home schoolers.” This may be a result of previous difficulties with a school district, it may be because their particular county has a history of harassing home schoolers or they may have a personal conviction regarding government involvement in their home schooling. Whatever the reason, many families prefer to remain anonymous to school officials, yet want to be in compliance with state law. The ISP option offers the advantage of anonymity. However, there is usually some fee involved with an ISP and varying degrees of accountability.
    Does HSLDA recommend one option over the other? No. Our advice depends on the county in which you home school, what time of year you are beginning, whether you are withdrawing from a public school or private school, whether you have had difficulties with the public school or social services, and, especially, your comfort level.
    HSLDA endeavors to be sensitive to each member family and their circumstances. If your family is wrestling with this decision, our legal department would be happy to discuss your circumstances to help you make an informed decision.