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5/5/2006 4:22:27 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Rhode Island--Word of Caution on Interviews

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May 5, 2006

Rhode Island--Word of Caution on Interviews

Dear HSLDA members:

The Superintendent of public schools for Middletown, Rhode Island,
recently sent a letter asking homeschool parents to "make an
appointment for an informal interview" concerning each family's
planned home instruction program.

HSLDA discourages the use of face-to-face interviews. In some school
systems, officials have used interviews to intimidate and belittle
parents, browbeat them, and try to persuade them to enroll their
children in the public schools. Because of the normal conversational
processes, officials tend to get far more information in an
interview--often information to which they would not be entitled under
law--than they would get if the family simply mailed information to
the school office.

Whatever information a school system legitimately needs can be
supplied through the mail. This protects the family from the
undesirable aspects of an interview.

If you have received such a letter, please contact us for appropriate
advice. The general guidance offered above may not be appropriate for
everyone.

Sincerely,

Scott A. Woodruff
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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