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5/14/2003 4:43:36 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Kentucky--Harlan County Backs Down

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May 14, 2003

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

Harlan County homeschoolers have weathered the worst of a recent
assault on their liberties. Because homeschoolers stood firm, Harlan
County has all but dropped its demand to inspect homeschool records.
One family had agreed to meet with school officials due to serious
health issues that were aggravated by the stress of school demands.
However, after meeting with Don Woolett of the Christian Home
Educators of Kentucky (CHEK), even that family chose to stand their
ground for freedom. With help of Home School Legal Defense
Association, they have been able to "just say 'No'" to an inspection
of their records.

As other Kentucky homeschoolers have heard of Harlan County's plight,
other problems have surfaced. Meade County has tried to inspect every
homeschooler's records for two years. While many HSLDA families in
Meade County have refused to meet with school officials, other non-
member families have felt they had no choice. With Harlan County's
example of courageous unified action, Meade County homeschoolers may
be ready to take a stand as well.

Kentucky law makes it all too easy for school officials to intimidate
isolated families. When homeschoolers join local support groups and
statewide organizations like CHEK or the Kentucky Home Education
Association, they gain the strength they need to preserve their
liberty. Every family that joins HSLDA knows they can stand their
ground against harassment by school officials, but many non-members
feel the pressure to comply with school demands. We encourage every
Kentucky homeschooler to stand firm for freedom. Harlan County
homeschoolers have set a courageous example for homeschoolers
throughout the Commonwealth.

Very truly yours,

Scott W. Somerville
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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