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Overstepping the Law

While no serious problems were reported to Home School Legal Defense Association at the beginning of this school year, our office has observed a growing tendency on the part of various school districts around the state to step a little bit further over the law each year in their attempt to oversee home schoolers. Some school districts have created reporting forms and requested detailed curriculum information, implying that the school board needs this information in order “approve” the home school program.

Our members who have been home schooling for several years are aware of the fact that, while the home schooler is required to submit a curriculum, the purpose is to demonstrate that an sequentially progressive program of instruction is being provided to the student. There is no “approval” or “evaluation” language contained in the statute that would give the school board the authority to disapprove a home education program.

HSLDA encourages our members to resist districts’ attempts to overstep their authority by granting “approval” to home schoolers.