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3/27/2006 4:58:34 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Ohio--Privacy threatened in Cincinnati!

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March 27, 2006

Ohio--Privacy threatened in Cincinnati!

Dear HSLDA members and friends:

HSLDA has known for a long time that neither federal law nor Ohio
statutes provide adequate protection to homeschool paperwork submitted
to the school district. The law arguably treats homeschool paperwork
as "public data," which is subject to a Freedom of Information Act
request by third parties.

The Cincinnati Public School District has received just such a
request, asking for information on all of the homeschool students in
the district. Cincinnati appears to be taking steps to avoid
violating homeschool privacy.

Because we have been aware of this problem for years, our notification
form--available for members--already addresses this problem. If you
used HSLDA's form, you have already taken steps to protect your
privacy.

However, our experience with school officials leads us to believe they
may not read the fine print on your notification form at this point,
so we are advising all members to use the form available on our
members only web page to assert their privacy interest. You can
access that form here:
http://members.hslda.org/state/OH/Ohioprivacy327.pdf .

Sincerely,

Scott W. Somerville
Staff Attorney

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-> Extreme makeovers are for extreme circumstances...

Most homeschools don't need an extreme makeover, but there is
something to be said for attention to detail and recognition of
accomplishments. Watch the media and you'll soon see that not
everyone wants home educators and homeschooling to look good.
HSLDA works hard to shed light on the good work of home educators
so it's obvious that we don't need someone "making-over" our
homeschools. Join HSLDA and help us show the world that we're fine
as we are . . . thank you!

More reasons to join HSLDA...
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=1943

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