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It’s Asking for Too Much

A superintendent in eastern South Dakota recently asked a home school family for documentation showing their seventh grader’s academic progress. After the family complied, the superintendent told them that their exemption would not be renewed.

Soon after, the family asked Home School Legal Defense Association attorney Scott Woodruff to intervene on their behalf. Under South Dakota Codified Laws § 13273, the only official authorized to request home school records is the South Dakota Department of Education and Cultural Affairs Secretary. Furthermore, since such records can be requested only if there is already probable cause to believe that the home school program is in violation of the law, the family might have been able to refuse to supply any of the requested records.

HSLDA will continue discussions with the superintendent to renew the family’s exemption.