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10/15/2003 10:17:15 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Missouri--Farmington R-7 Seeks Unlimited Access to Homeschool Records

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October 15, 2003

Dear HSLDA Members and friends:

The Farmington R-7 School District has developed a form, which
parents are asked to sign when they begin homeschooling. The form
states:

I further understand...that I must maintain and make available for
inspection at any time, upon the request of the Superintendent, any
and all records and school work which I shall maintain to document my
compliance...and, failing of such,...the Superintendent has the full
right and authority to notify the office of the prosecuting attorney
of such non-compliance.

Families who homeschool are NOT required to fill out any form
whatsoever. Furthermore, a local Superintendent does NOT have the
right to demand access to homeschool records. However, if a family
signs Farmington's form, an official may argue that consent was given
and the Superintendent now has unrestricted access to their
homeschool records. Families would be well-advised to reject the
Farmington form.

It is no coincidence that the method of education which provides the
most freedom, homeschooling, is also the method of education where
there is the greatest success. Efforts to take away homeschool
freedom, must be resolutely opposed.

We contacted the Farmington R-7 School District, and an official told
us that signing this form is "voluntary."

If you live in the Farmington area, you can help protect homeschool
freedom by rejecting Farmington's form and encouraging others to do
likewise.

Sincerely,



Scott Woodruff
HSLDA Staff Attorney


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