From the HSLDA E-lert Service:


3/5/2002 2:08:23 PM
James R. Mason, III, Esq., HSLDA Litigation Council
Vermont--A home school on trial

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

March 5, 2002

Dear Vermont Members and Friends,

On Friday morning, March 8, 2002, Home School Legal Defense
Association will be representing a member family (name withheld to
protect their privacy) against a Vermont Department of Education
(DOE) challenge of their home school. Earlier this year, the family
submitted their "independent professional evidence of lack of
handicap" (as required by Vermont home school law) without disclosing
the professional's method of screening. The DOE rejected their
submission, in essence telling the family they could not home school
their children.

In light of the Vermont Supreme Court's 2000 ruling that the state
DOE has no such "approval" authority over home schools, the DOE's
latest demand for the method of screening and rejection of this
family's home school appears to be the DOE's latest attempt to
reclaim "approval" power.

Please unite with us in prayer this week, especially Friday morning,
asking God to protect Vermont parents' right to educate their
children at home free from government intervention. Attendance at the
hearing is not needed at this time.

With a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence,

James R. Mason, III
Litigation Counsel

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