The Home School Court Report
VOLUME XV, NUMBER 6
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NOVEMBER / DECEMBER 1999
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Our boys, ages three, six, and nine, played a video game one afternoon with their grown-up friend, Kimberly. Joshua came home excited and began drawing and talking about a video game he was making up. My husband listened to his elaborate explanation and then asked “What’s this?” pointing to the letters “V,” “E,” “R,” “B,” at the top. Joshua replied with a six-year-old’s wisdom and patience, “Dad, that’s verb. Don’t you know? ACTION!”

Pati Cruce
Leander, TX
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Wichita Falls Makes Intrusive Demands

At the beginning of the 1999-2000 school year the Wichita Falls Independent School District contacted a Home School Legal Defense Association member family, attempting to impose various requirements that exceed state law. The school district insisted that the parents report to the superintendent’s office to fill out “necessary forms.” Additionally, the parents were told to bring their books for review and to present their instruction schedule.

HSLDA sent a letter to the school district’s attendance officer and explained Texas law as follows:

As you may know, home schools in Texas legally operate as private schools. This was the decision of the Texas Supreme Court in the landmark case of Texas Education Agency, et al v. Leeper, et al, 493 S.W.2d 432 (1994). Private schools must use a written curriculum designed to meet the basic educational goals of reading, spelling, grammar, mathematics, and a study of good citizenship. When contacted by public school officials inquiring about compliance with the compulsory attendance law, home educating parents need only respond by assuring the local public school officials that the home school meets these requirements. This procedure for verifying legal status is also the policy of the Texas Education Agency as described in a letter dated October 4, 1995, from Mike Moses, the Commissioner of Education.

HSLDA further advised the attendance officer that these parents were educating their children in a bona fide manner and in full compliance with the requirements for home schools as set forth in the Leeper decision. After receiving this letter from our office, the school district made no further attempts to obtain additional information from this member family.