The Home School Court Report
VOLUME XV, NUMBER 6
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NOVEMBER / DECEMBER 1999
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Twin Ties
Everyone was absorbed in their schoolwork when I noticed my eight-year-old son, Joshua, gazing glumly out the window while, across the table, his twin sister, Asha, worked on her geography. “What’s the matter?” I asked, noting his unfinished assignment. “Need some help?”
“No,” he said, frowning seriously, “I’m waiting on Asha’s thinking cap. She’s better at math than I am.” Maybe there really is more to being a twin than meets the eye!

Dorah Azariah-Kribbs
Athens, Georgia
Georgia

Form Problems Continue

An incident in the Forsyth County School District indicates that home schooling families are still being subjected to unauthorized requirements in complying with the notice and reporting provisions of state law.

The school district was insisting that a Home School Legal Defense Association member family use state-issued forms for their declaration of intent and attendance records. Further compounding the problem, the form itself asked for more information (student’s grade level and last school attended) on the home school program than is required by state law.

According to the statutory provisions governing home study programs, the declaration of intent must include the following:

a list of the names and ages of the students who are enrolled in the home study program, the address where the home study program is located, and a statement of the 12-month period that is to be considered the school year for that home study program.

Further, state law only requires the state board of education to “make available” to local superintendents such printed forms as may be reasonably necessary to carry out the reporting provisions of the home school law. There is no requirement that the forms which have been made available to superintendents be used by parents in submitting the declaration of intent or attendance records.

HSLDA member families who encounter similar difficulties should contact our office for assistance.