From the HSLDA E-lert Service:


4/25/2002 3:52:06 PM
James R. Mason, III, Esq., HSLDA Litigation Council
Vermont--Case Update

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

April 25, 2002

Dear HSLDA Members,

As we wrote to you on March 5, 2002, Home School Legal Defense
Association is 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, and called an administrative hearing.

After the hearing on March 8, the hearing officer held that the
Department's form is acceptable. Mr. and Mrs. T have filed an appeal
to the Vermont Supreme Court.

While this case is ongoing, several families have contacted us
regarding use of the form HSLDA has prepared to submit independent
professional evidence of lack of handicap. HSLDA believes that our
form provides the DOE with all the information to which they are
entitled by law. Therefore, we will represent any member family who
uses our form and experiences a problem with the Department of


James R. Mason, III
Litigation Counsel

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