From the HSLDA E-lert Service:
< BACK TO ARCHIVE

Date:
From:
Subject:

9/14/2004 10:04:28 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Rhode Island--Changes to the Compulsory Education Law

======================================================================
From the HSLDA E-lert Service...
======================================================================


September 14, 2004


Rhode Island--Changes to the Compulsory Education Law


Dear HSLDA members and friends:

The Rhode Island legislature recently made changes to both ends of the
compulsory education law.

Previously, a child was of compulsory age if he turned six by December
31. The 2002 General Assembly moved the date to September 1. As a
result of this change, parents of a child who turns six, for example,
on September 15, would not need to submit paperwork to the school
committee until the following year.

The 2003 General Assembly changed the upper end of compulsory
attendance, but only for children who are "enrolled in school." The
parents of a child enrolled in school at age sixteen or older must
give written authorization to the school department if the child is to
stop schooling before attaining his eighteenth birthday. With the
exceptions noted below, children in a home instruction program are not
"enrolled in school," so this will not affect the vast majority of
homeschool families. However, the parents of a child previously
enrolled in a Rhode Island school, who begin homeschooling after the
child reaches age 16, would need to submit the required authorization
to be exempted from the compulsory education law.

Homeschool students who play on public school teams or enroll for one
class at a public school should take extra care. The rules of the
Rhode Island Interscholastic League require that a homeschool student
be "listed on the rolls of the school" in order to play on the team.
RIIL Rule 3.1.I. An official may claim that a child "listed on the
rolls" is enrolled in school.

One or two school districts over the years have tried to insist that
homeschoolers "enroll" before they would process their paperwork.
HSLDA has continued to advise families to refuse to enroll, since
homeschooled children are not part of the public school system. This
advice is more urgent now since "enrolling" in a school system may
subject your children to a longer period of compulsory attendance.


Sincerely,

Scott Woodruff
HSLDA Staff Attorney



----------------------------------------------------------------------
-> "I saved my entire membership fee with one discount"

"We've been a Liberty Mutual customer for over 12 years. We
called and asked about our HSLDA member discount and they lowered
our premium by approx $85 per year...coincidentally the same
amount as our HSLDA annual membership fee. Thought you'd want to
know!!'"

More reasons to join HSLDA...
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=1107

----------------------------------------------------------------------
======================================================================
The HSLDA E-lert Service is a service of:

Home School Legal Defense Association
P.O. Box 3000
Purcellville, Virginia 20134
Phone: (540) 338-5600
Fax: (540) 338-2733
Email: info@hslda.org
Web: http://www.hslda.org

----------------------------------------------------------------------
How To Subscribe:

- Subscribe to the HSLDA E-lert Service at our website:

https://secure.hslda.org/hslda/elert/account.asp?Process=Subscribe

- Or send an email with name and complete mailing address to:

subscribe@hslda.org

----------------------------------------------------------------------
Subscription Information:

- You subscribed to the HSLDA E-lert Service as:

{{Email}}

- To unsubscribe from the HSLDA E-lert Service send an email from
the email address you want to unsubscribe to:

unsubscribe@hslda.org

- To change your email address or make other changes to your
subscription, visit the HSLDA E-lert Service account web page at:

https://secure.hslda.org/hslda/elert/account.asp

----------------------------------------------------------------------
POSTMASTERS: This message is being sent to the most recent address we
have for our subscribers. If this is an invalid email address or you
have other problems, please reply to webmaster@hslda.org.
----------------------------------------------------------------------
DISCLAIMER: This is considered a private and confidential message
from HSLDA to its bonafide HSLDA E-lert Service subscribers.
HSLDA cannot attest to the authenticity of copies posted, forwarded,
or sent by any party other than HSLDA.
----------------------------------------------------------------------
NOTE: Please do not reply or otherwise use this email address;
hslda@hslda.org is for broadcast purposes only and is not intended to
receive incoming messages. We cannot reply to any email sent to this
address. If you have comments or questions, please send email to
info@hslda.org or call HSLDA at 540-338-5600. HSLDA members can also
email staff directly through the Members website at
http://members.hslda.org/contact.asp. Thank you for your cooperation.
======================================================================