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5/17/2004 3:22:12 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
District of Columbia--More Efficient Misinformation

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May 17, 2004


District of Columbia--More Efficient Misinformation


Dear HSLDA members and friends:

The District of Columbia repealed all regulations that applied to
homeschools in 1991, but every year since 1991 there's been a large
amount of misinformation. HSLDA members have steadfastly refused to
comply with so-called "requirements" that have no basis in law. While
HSLDA attorneys have had many long and interesting phone conversations
with attorneys for the District, no homeschool family has ever been
prosecuted pursuant to requirements that don't exist. Unfortunately,
the District is now getting more efficient at trying to impose
non-existent rules.

On May 5, 2004, the "Local Educational Agency Office of Grant
Programs" sent out a form letter to every homeschool family they had
listed in their database. This letter informed them that they are
"required to submit evidence of attendance and educational achievement
of each child who received home instruction during school year
2003-2004." The packet included a statement to be signed, under oath,
which certified, among other things, that the family understands that
"until such time as approval of homeschooling is granted in writing "
the child is to remain in some other educational program.

HSLDA attorney Scott Somerville contacted Dr. Wilma Bonner, Executive
Director of the Local Educational Agency Office of Grant Programs,
which has now assumed responsibility for monitoring homeschools. Dr.
Bonner was surprised to discover that the District of Columbia
rescinded all homeschool regulations in 1991. She explained that she
had sent out the forms that were currently in use in the District, but
admitted that the District had never tried to enforce the compulsory
attendance law against families that objected to the use of these
forms. The conversation ended pleasantly.

Dr. Bonner did indicate that she may consider seeking new regulations
for homeschoolers. We need all DC homeschoolers to prepare for the
possibility of proposed regulations.

Please forward this message to any DC homeschoolers you may know, as
well as friends of homeschooling. Please encourage people to sign up
for HSLDA's free e-lert service at http://www.hslda.org/elert/ If you
know families that have received Dr. Bonner's mailing who are not
HSLDA members, please encourage them to consider joining HSLDA at this
time. As Benjamin Franklin once said, "We must all hang together, or
we shall most assuredly all hang separately."


Sincerely,

Scott Somerville
HSLDA Staff Attorney




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