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12/11/2003 5:09:00 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Ohio--Homeschool Rally and Hearing in Franklin City

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December 11, 2003

Dear Ohio HSLDA Members and Friends:

Families across the state have had conflict with local school
districts about the meaning of the term "brief outline" in the
homeschool regulations. Some districts routinely demand a table of
contents for every textbook as a "brief outline," even though this
may mean more than fifty pages of paperwork. Other districts are
appalled to receive that much paper from a family, since it obviously
is not "brief." Many families provide no specific information in the
"brief outline" section of their notice of intent, which is fine with
their district. Others who do the same face legal threats from their
school district. The lack of consistency across the state is a real
problem for families who move from one district to another.

One district has tried to be consistent, but has done so by going to
the extreme of demanding a "brief outline" of every subject,
including fire safety and fine arts. Homeschoolers in Franklin have
become increasingly frustrated with their district's demands.
Families that have been homeschooling for years with excellent
results have received letters threatening to reject their notice of
intent unless they provide additional documentation in the smallest
subjects. One by one, most of the Franklin families worked out these
problems with school officials, but one family resolutely refused to
outline their fire safety plan. The district has now called a hearing
to determine whether to reject their notice of intent and initiate
truancy proceedings.

I will be flying to Franklin on Monday, January 5, 2004 to meet with
families in the area on that evening. We will gather at the
Evangelical Community Church, on the corner of 5th and Main in
Franklin, at 7:30 pm, to discuss the problems in and around Franklin
and to formulate a comprehensive strategy for responding to them. The
next morning, at 8 am, I will accompany the family to the hearing
with Franklin school officials.

We encourage all Franklin families, whether they are HSLDA members or
not, to attend the Monday night meeting. We also invite homeschoolers
from neighboring school districts to attend, so that the Franklin
homeschoolers can hear first hand about the different ways other
school districts treat homeschoolers. Each family that attends will
add to our credibility and impact at the meeting the next morning. If
you cannot come, please offer to baby-sit so that someone else can!

Sincerely,


Scott Somerville
HSLDA Staff Attorney



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