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10/22/2003 4:40:55 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Virginia--Roanoke County Pursues Unauthorized Information

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October 22, 2003

Dear HSLDA members and friends:

The information a family must include when filing a notice of intent
is very simple and straightforward. Nonetheless, some counties
persist in asking families for more information.

A Roanoke County member family filed the proper notice. In
accordance with our recommendations, the family did not include
information that is not required under law but which Roanoke
routinely asks for.

Roanoke should have responded by filing the family's notice of intent
and dropping the matter. Unfortunately, they did not.

One of the employees of the school system actually took time away
from other responsibilities, drove to the family's house, and
personally asked them for the "missing" information. This is
unacceptable.

We urge our Roanoke area members to resist efforts by the school
system to collect information to which they are not entitled under
law. If an official comes to your door, do not be intimidated into
submitting the unlawfully requested information. If families
acquiesce to the demands of the school system it may grow bolder and
pursue homeschool families further.

HSLDA is in the process of contacting the school district to insist
that they change their policy.

Sincerely,


Scott Woodruff
HSDLA Staff Attorney

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