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8/24/2005 4:39:11 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Maine--Assistant Superintendent Goes Beyond the Law

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Maine--Assistant Superintendent Goes Beyond the Law


Dear HSLDA members:


Believing she had to do it because of the federal No Child Left Behind
Act, the Assistant Superintendent in School Administrative District 9
recently mailed letters to families asking for private information
about their children, including social security numbers, race, health,
receipt of special education, parent's occupation, doctor, and custody
information.

We contacted her and explained that neither the No Child Left Behind
Act nor anything else requires her to try to gather this private
information from homeschool families who are not enrolled in any
public school program. She immediately apologized and assured us she
would promptly send out a letter of correction.

Unless your child is enrolled in a public school program, we recommend
that you disregard this request. There is no obligation to respond.
You can help protect freedom by insisting that proper boundaries are
maintained between individual privacy and government inquisitiveness.


Reminder: September 1 is the due date for submitting a letter to your
local superintendent and the Commissioner of Education stating that
you intend to continue homeschooling your student, and enclosing your
student's year-end assessment, if this applies to you. No other
information needs to be included. You are required to keep a copy of
these items until the homeschool program ends. We recommend that you
mail these items by certified mail, and staple the green postal
receipt to your file copy when it arrives.

Homeschooling at the high school level can be tremendously rewarding.
However, if you're not sure you can do it, we'd like to help.
Homeschool veterans Becky Cook and Diane Kummer have joined the HSLDA
staff to provide encouragement, ideas, and a helping hand to parents
with questions about homeschooling at the high school level.

You can contact them by calling HSLDA at (540) 338 5600 or via email
at info@hslda.org.


Sincerely,

Scott A. Woodruff
HSLDA Staff Attorney


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