From the HSLDA E-lert Service:


8/5/2002 4:02:13 PM
Scott W. Somerville, Esq., Staff Attorney of HSLDA
Louisiana-- Application for Home Study Program

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

Dear HSLDA Members,

Below is a copy of a letter we recently sent to the Louisiana
Department of Education. As you may know, HSLDA has created forms for
our member families to use when notifying as either a "home study
program" or private school. Our revised forms expressly protect your
privacy. You may find these forms at


Scott Somerville
HSLDA Staff Attorney


Louisiana Department of Education
Home Study Office
P.O. Box 94064
Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9064

RE: Application for Louisiana Home Study Program

Dear Sir or Madam:

As you may know, the Home School Legal Defense Association is a
nationwide membership organization of more than 70,000 home schooling
families. Our association is dedicated to preserving the fundamental
rights of parents to direct the education of their own children. I am
the attorney who serves our 613 member families in Louisiana.

One of our member families recently forwarded to me a copy of your
"Application for Louisiana Home Study Program or In-home Private
School Program," revised July, 2000. I note that your form requests a
social security number without identifying whether that information
is optional. According to the Privacy Act of 1974, government
agencies may not request a social security number without clearly
specifying that that request is optional, or identifying the law
which mandates provision of that number.

I am advising our member families that they are not obliged to
provide the social security number. Since you may not have been aware
of the requirements of the Privacy Act of 1974, I will simply
encourage you to modify your form in light of this new information.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you may

Very truly yours,

Scott Somerville, Esq.

1974 Privacy Act:

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