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8/15/2003 5:09:36 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Rhode Island--Coventry Public Schools Make Improper Demands on Homeschoolers

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August 15, 2003

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

Coventry Public Schools has sent out a form for homeschool families
to sign that goes beyond proper boundaries. It asks for confidential
information that you are not required to submit under law.

It also asks the family to sign an "agreement" which could be
interpreted as a contract under certain circumstances. This could
cause adverse consequences.

If you live in the Coventry area and receive this form, we advise you
to disregard it. I will be in communication with Coventry Public
Schools with the hope of guiding them back into operation within
proper boundaries.

In the meantime, I recommend that you submit a notice of intent to
homeschool by using the form that is available on our website. Visit:
http://members.hslda.org/state/RI/default.asp (You will need your
HSLDA membership number to log into this part of our website).

Submitting HSLDA's form will provide sufficient information for the
school committee to recognize your homeschool program.

In a day when identity theft is a rapidly growing crime and
individual privacy is threatened by expanding government databases,
it is important that we resist any effort by a government agency to
obtain personal information to which it is not entitled. Contracts
can have adverse consequences. No homeschool family should feel
pressured to sign a contract in order to do what they already have a
constitutional right to do.

Thank you for standing with us to defend liberty.

Sincerely yours,

Scott A. Woodruff
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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