From the HSLDA E-lert Service:


4/30/2003 11:52:21 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Kentucky--Home Visits for Homeschoolers Promised in Harlan County

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

April 30, 2003

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

Homeschoolers in Harlan County, Kentucky, are bracing themselves for
"home visits" scheduled to begin on May 1, 2003. Crichton Comer, a
Department of Education official, intends to go from door to door in
Harlan County with Nancy Bryant, the Director of Pupil Personnel for
the county. Mr. Comer, who has only recently begun to work with
homeschoolers in his job at the state Department of Education,
believes that "fifty percent of homeschoolers are doing an inadequate
job." Mr. Comer thinks homeschooling is an "overwhelmingly temporary
situation." He speaks with the approval of the school officials in
Powell County who were able to reduce the number of homeschoolers in
their district by half.

Harlan County homeschoolers are rallying to meet this new challenge.
Don Woolett, of the Christian Home Educators of Kentucky, traveled to
Harlan County to encourage families there. HSLDA has contacted school
officials in Harlan County to request they provide a full list of
every homeschooler in the district, so that we can advise these
families of their rights before they submit to government inspection
of their homes or records. Harlan County homeschoolers have been
advised to refuse to meet with officials or show any documents until
the school district has complied with its legal obligation to turn
over public records upon request. While Kentucky homeschoolers are
committed to obeying the law, they do insist that school officials
obey the laws that apply to them, too.

If the Kentucky Department of Education believes that only fifty
percent of homeschoolers are doing an adequate job, these "home
visits" may be no more than a "crackdown" intended to force children
out of homeschools into public schools. HSLDA is prepared to do
whatever it takes to stop Harlan County from entering HSLDA members'
homes or exceeding the law.

Very truly yours,

Scott W. Somerville
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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