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9/15/2005 3:56:42 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Missouri - School District Seeks to Find Homeschoolers

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Missouri - School District Seeks to Find Homeschoolers

Dear HSLDA members and friends:

The Lexington school district in Lafayette County is trying to
persuade homeschool families to file an annual notice of intent. The
district recently placed this announcement in an area newspaper:
"Lexington Home-School Students: please notify annually the
Superintendent of Schools...in writing ... if you have elected to
home-school your child or children."

Notifying the school district of your intent to homeschool is not
required, and we strongly advise against it.

School districts sometimes promote the voluntary notice because it
gives them an opportunity to receive more taxpayer money. If a family
files a notice that complies with Missouri Statutes 167.042, the
school district will be entitled to a certain amount of additional
funding. The requirements include: notice in writing by September 1,
signature of the parent, name and age of each child, home address and
phone number, and name of each person teaching in the homeschool.

Some Missouri school districts "hunt" for homeschool children, and we
suspect they have requested and received tax funds for all the
homeschool children they "found," even if the requirements of the
statute were not met.

If you do not want to fund your local public school any further,
please do not submit a notice of intent to your school district.

Sincerely,


Scott A. Woodruff
HSLDA Staff Attorney



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