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11/28/2005 4:00:38 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Indiana--Ask WISH 8 to Correct Inaccuracies about Homeschooling!

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Indiana--Ask WISH 8 to Correct Inaccuracies about Homeschooling!


Channel 8, WISH-TV, is running a preview on its website that contains
many inaccuracies about homeschooling in Indiana. The program itself
airs at 6 PM tonight, and may contain even more inaccuracies.
Homeschoolers need to step up and insist that WISH broadcast only
correct information.


ACTION REQUESTED

Please call WISH at 317-931-2222 (the news hotline).

1. Ask the station to correct the inaccuracies in the preview of its
New Teacher program (see list below).

2. Ask the station to have the full program reviewed by a lawyer
experienced in homeschool law to reduce the chance that inaccurate or
misleading information will be broadcast across the state.


BACKGROUND

The preview on WISH's website
http://www.wishtv.com/Global/story.asp?s=4173004 contains these
inaccurate and misleading statements:

1. "Thousands of children are not in school today . . . " the website
says. Under State v. Peterman, a homeschool is a private school.
Homeschooled children are in school. It is inaccurate to say they are
not.

2. The website says, "Unlike public and private school teachers,
homeschool teachers get to play by different rules." Because a
homeschool is a private school under Indiana law, homeschool teachers
are subject to the same rules as other teachers in non-accredited
private schools. It is inaccurate to say that homeschool teachers are
subject to different rules than all other teachers.

3. "[P]arents or others who homeschool children do not have to turn
anything in" to the Department of Education, the website says. This
is only partially accurate. If the state superintendent of public
instruction makes the request, any non-accredited private
school--including a homeschool--must provide enrollment and attendance
records.

4. The website says misleadingly, "Essentially it's a matter of good
faith." In fact, parents who homeschool are required by law to
provide instruction "equivalent to that given in public schools."
It's not JUST a matter of good faith: it's a matter of obeying the
law.


Sincerely,

Scott Woodruff
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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