The Home School Court Report
VOLUME XXI, NUMBER 2
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March / April 2005


FEATURES
Taylor broke ground with NCAA
Judicial Tyranny Goes Global
Let the Facts Speak

DEPARTMENTS
Freedom watch
From the heart

Realizing dreams

For more information

From the director

HSF Mission Statement
Across the states
Members only
Active cases
About campus

PHC grad wins prize for economics paper
President's page

ET AL.

On the other hand: a Contrario Sensu

HSLDA social services contact policy/A plethora of forms

HSLDA legal inquiries


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LOUISIANA

Family investigated for homeschooling

A Home School Legal Defense Association member family in St. Mary Parish recently received a visit from a local social services caseworker.* After learning that the children were taught at home, the caseworker began to question the parents about their educational practices and whether they tested their children every year.

Since the member family had chosen to operate as a private homeschool under Louisiana law, they told the caseworker they did not test every year and were not required by law to do so. The caseworker then told the family she would have to report them to the local board of education for further review.

After the caseworker left, the family quickly contacted HSLDA for help. Attorney Thomas Schmidt called the caseworker and explained our member family's legal rights. He informed the caseworker that families in Louisiana have the right to choose one of two options to teach their children at home. Schmidt also pointed out that state law does not require children in a private homeschool to be tested, nor is the homeschool subject to any supervision by the local board of education.

Our member family has experienced no further difficulties with either the caseworker or the local board of education regarding their decision to teach their children at home.

— by Thomas J. Schmidt

* See "HSLDA social services contact policy".