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Needville ISD Disseminates Erroneous Information

Two years in a row, an erroneous article describing the requirements for conducting a home school appeared in two Texas newspapers. Both articles were attributed to the Needville Independent School District (ISD).

After the first article appeared in the Gulf Coast Tribune on July 28, 1998, Home School Legal Defense Association attorney Dewitt Black wrote to the superintendent of schools, notifying him of the erroneous information. However, the same erroneous information appeared one year to the day later on July 28, 1999, in another newspaper, The Herald-Coaster.

According to the articles, parents operating a home school are required by state law (1) to maintain a daily log of instructional time and contents, (2) to present to public school officials a course of study outlining the goals and objectives for the school year, and (3) to notify public schools annually of their intention to continue home schooling by seeking an “exemption” from public school attendance. Black has again cautioned the Needville ISD Superintendent of Schools about carrying out any policy which infringes upon the constitutional rights of home schooling parents.

HSLDA member families seeing erroneous information about home schooling published in newspapers should forward a copy of the article to our office for review.