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11/6/2003 5:19:16 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Virginia--Appomattox County Seeks Unauthorized Information

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November 6, 2003

Dear HSLDA members and friends:

Appomattox County Public Schools is sending letters to homeschool
families requiring the birth date and grade level of children in the
family. The letter states that this information is needed in order
to prepare a report required by the Virginia Department of Education.

The information that a homeschool family is required to submit to
county officials is clearly set forth in the homeschool statute. It
does not include the birth date or grade level of the children.

Whether the Virginia Department of Education requires the public
school system to provide this information or not is moot since
homeschool families have no duty to provide the information in the
first place either to the school system or the Department of
Education.

We recommend that you disregard the letter.

In order for the government to fulfill its legitimate function of
protecting the rights of its citizens, we must understand when it is
appropriate to 'just say no' to an unauthorized government request
for information.

Sincerely,


Scott Woodruff
HSLDA Staff Attorney



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