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1/11/2005 3:21:57 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Kentucky--School Officials Make Unwanted Visits to Homeschoolers in Harlan County

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From the HSLDA E-lert Service...
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January 11, 2005


Kentucky--School Officials Make Unwanted Visits to Homeschoolers in
Harlan County


Dear HSLDA members and friends:

On January 10, 2005, an unsuspecting HSLDA member family in Harlan
County received a visit from their local public school principal and a
Board of Education representative.

Stepping outside to speak with the two individuals, the mother learned
that the visit was intended to "invite" all homeschool children to
enroll in the public school system. The mother explained that she was
very happy homeschooling her children and did not want to enroll them
in the public school. The principal quizzed the mother, asking what
grades her children were in, how old they were, and what curriculum
she was currently using. Though not required by law, the mother
politely answered.

The principal and Board of Education representative ended the short
conversation by offering their services to homeschoolers in the area
and letting the mother know that they would be available if she needed
any help with her homeschooling.

This visit appears to represent a pattern of similar incidents in
Harlan County. Other homeschoolers in the area have reported that they
have also experienced similar visits.

Please be aware that if you are contacted by the public school
officials, you are not required to answer their questions. If you are
asked a question that you don't want to answer simply ask a question
in response, i.e. what is the purpose of your visit? Then thank them
for their visit and inform the public school officials that you are
not interested at this time. There is no need for you to allow any
public school representative into your home during these visits or
even to answer their questions.

According to the reports that HSLDA has received these visits are
friendly in nature. There is no need to be concerned or feel
threatened. However, HSLDA does want you to be aware of these visits
so you will be prepared.


Sincerely,

Thomas Schmidt
HSLDA Staff Attorney
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