HSLDA attorneys have 27 years’ worth of successful cases under their belt, but new cases and precedents that affect homeschooling are still arising. Find out today on Home School Heartbeat about the implications of one current case with host Mike Farris.
Today, we’re speaking with HSLDA Staff Attorney TJ Schmidt. TJ, thanks for joining us, standing on the side of Interstate 95.
Well, glad to be here, Mike!
TJ, we’re currently involved in helping a family defend their right to keep social workers out of the house when they’re just on a fishing expedition. What makes these kind of cases so important in the homeschooling context?
Well Mike, this case is all about two caseworkers, with five sheriff deputies present, threatening a family with the removal of their children as well as the parents’ arrest. All this began simply because the family refused to allow the caseworkers into their home when an anonymous tipster made several false allegations about their home and their homeschool program. We believe these types of cases are important to homeschooling because they represent the fundamental right of families to be free from governmental intrusion into their homes and their lives. If child protective services can violate one fundamental right on the basis of an anonymous tip, then our fundamental right to teach our children privately at home could just be one small step away from being violated.
TJ, thank you for your work on this particular case. I’m Mike Farris.