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


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Taylor broke ground with NCAA
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MICHIGAN

Social worker questions apprenticeship

A Wayne County Child and Family Services social worker contacted a Home School Legal Defense Association member family in Taylor about an anonymous tip.* Someone had reported that the family's son was not in school, but worked at the family business part-time. After explaining the allegations, the social worker requested entrance into the family's home to interview them. The parents immediately telephoned HSLDA for help.

After discussing the allegations with the family, HSLDA Senior Counsel Christopher Klicka learned that while the son does spend some time at the family's office, he studies in a private room where his mother can constantly supervise his homeschooling. In the afternoons, the son apprentices at the office and takes classes from various experts in his parents' business. In addition, the son has obtained an official apprenticeship card from the State of Michigan.

In a letter thoroughly explaining these details, Klicka assured the social worker that the family was in full compliance with Michigan's homeschool statutes and that their son was being successfully educated. Klicka then outlined Michigan law as it relates to homeschooling, further verifying the legality of the family's home education program. Finally, Klicka indicated that the family would invite the social worker to come by so they could explain and verify the situation. However, in order to protect their 4th Amendment rights, the family would not allow the social worker to enter their home.

The family has not been harassed by the social worker since then. Due to this family's quick action in notifying HSLDA as soon as they were contacted by the county, we were able to preserve their constitutional rights and shield them from further direct contact with the social worker.

— by Christopher J. Klicka

* See "HSLDA social services contact policy".