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5/2/2003 12:56:15 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Kentucky--Harlan County Heats Up

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May 2, 2003

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

Harlan County homeschoolers met with Don Woolett, of the Christian
Home Educators of Kentucky, to brace themselves for upcoming visits
by local and state education officials. Meanwhile, the principal of
one elementary school refused to recognize the withdrawal of a
student from public school to begin homeschooling without "clearance
from the central office." Principal Harold Madden, of Evarts
Elementary School, warned the family that he would "have to count
[the child] absent," even though the family had provided the notice
required by law.

Despite the demands by Harlan County officials, local homeschool
families have rallied to the cause of freedom. One family agreed to
meet with school officials because the stress and threats were
aggravating one parent's medical condition, but the rest of the local
homeschool community has been able to stand their ground.
Homeschoolers remember Ben Franklin's words, "We must all hang
together, or we shall most assuredly all hang separately."

Home School Legal Defense Association encourages members who are
contacted by school officials to contact us for assistance.

Very truly yours,

Scott W. Somerville
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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