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5/23/2006 9:44:29 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
West Virginia-- Fayette Threatens to Shut Down Homeschools

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May 23, 2006

West Virginia--Fayette Threatens to Shut Down Homeschools

Dear HSLDA members and friends:

The Attendance Director of Fayette County public schools sent a letter
in December threatening to shut down any homeschool that did not turn
in year-end assessments by the June 30 due date. She said the
requirement "must be strictly adhered to."

She followed up with: "If the assessment results are not turned in on
or before June thirtieth of the year in which the student was
instructed at home, the parent/guardian shall be denied the right to
home school his or her child the following year."

It is regrettable that she chose to make this belligerent threat.
Mutual respect and good will are much more effective in the long run
than threats.

Despite the fact that only a judge--not an attendance director--has
power to deny homeschooling, and despite the unnecessarily hostile
tone of the letter, we urge families to be conscientious about
complying with the June 30 due date. An assessment submitted after
that date places the family's homeschool program in jeopardy of being
out of compliance with the compulsory attendance law, with potentially
significant consequences.

If any member family misses the due date, HSLDA will provide legal
representation if necessary.

Sincerely Yours,

Scott A. Woodruff
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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