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Elgin drops homeschool "certification"

The Elgin Public Schools recently sent homeschool families a letter asking them to sign a statement certifying that they would document 175 days of instruction per year and "provide all materials necessary to achieve an appropriate education for" their child.

While Home School Legal Defense Association does not dispute that homeschool parents should provide 175 days of instruction each year and provide an appropriate education, Oklahoma law does not require families to certify their intentions in advance. One of the ways our society protects freedom is to presume that citizens are complying with the law unless there is substantial evidence to the contrary.

HSLDA called the Elgin superintendent to explain that the letter was not authorized by law. Shocked, the superintendent said the letter had been sent without his knowledge. He explained that he knew many homeschooling families and would not want to offend them needlessly. No more letters would be sent, he assured us.

If you have already received such a letter from Elgin, we recommend that you discard it. If you receive such a letter in the future, please contact HSLDA immediately.

— by Scott A. Woodruff