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Unnecessary information demanded

Per Home School Legal Defense Association's advice, a member family in Orange sent a letter of withdrawal to the public school their daughter attended, stating their intentions to homeschool her. However, this was not sufficient for the principal. In a letter to the family, he stated that they must provide additional information for their withdrawal to be honored. The principal also stated that the family must "provide the district with a curriculum that meets the basic educational goals of reading, spelling, grammar, mathematics, and a study of good citizenship."

Confused by this additional request, the family telephoned HSLDA. Our staff explained that the family was not required to send additional information regarding their homeschool program or their curriculum to the district. After reassuring the family, HSLDA informed the principal in a letter that his request was unnecessary, exceeded the requirements of the law, and violated the family's civil and statutory rights.

The principal has not contacted the family since that time, and the family has been successfully homeschooling their daughter ever since.

— by Christopher J. Klicka