From the HSLDA E-lert Service:


9/1/2006 2:23:05 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
New York--NYC Dept. of Ed. to Reorganize Homeschool Reporting

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

September 1, 2006

New York--NYC Dept. of Ed. to Reorganize Homeschool Reporting

Dear HSLDA members and friends:

We have just learned that the New York City Department of Education
(NYC DOE) is working to reorganize the way that parents report their
homeschool programs within the City. Currently, homeschool families
submit their documentation to their Regional Learning Support Center.

The goal of the NYC DOE is to consolidate all homeschool reporting to
one central office under the leadership of the Office of Attendance.
Previously, each Region was responsible for maintaining these records.
The Region would generally appoint a "Homeschool Coordinator" who was
to reply to any notice of intent that was received from a
homeschooling family and keep up with the various documents required
under Section 100.10 of the Commissioner's Regulations.

After hearing that changes were in the works, HSLDA contacted the
Director of the Office of Attendance, Lilian Garelick to find out what
going on. Ms. Garelick has confirmed that the Office of Attendance is
in the process of requesting all of the homeschool documentation for
families within the City.

If you live within the geographical boundary of the NYC DOE you can
expect to receive a letter explaining the transition to one central
office within the next few days.

HSLDA has raised several concerns to Ms. Garelick regarding this
reorganization. One of our greatest concerns is that the various
Regions and/or the Office of Attendance will lose paperwork and
innocent homeschool families who have complied with the law will be
threatened with education neglect.

Another concern is timing of the transition. While most families have
already submitted their Individualized Home Instruction Plan (IHIP)
form, others have not. Some families, like those in Region 7, have not
even received a homeschool packet with an IHIP form or the

Finally, there is some concern that not everyone will hear about the
reorganization and will continue to submit their documentation to
their Regional office.

Ms. Garelick has assured us that she and her staff will do all that
they can to minimize these potential problems. Ms. Garelick has
indicated her willingness to have HSLDA contact her personally
whenever there is a problem with a specific family or Region. We will
continue to closely monitor this situation to ensure that each of our
member families, and others homeschooling in the City, are not
threatened or prevented from homeschooling their children at home.


Until you receive written verification of this change and the contact
information of the office to submit your remaining homeschool
documentation to, we suggest that you continue to report to your
Regional office.

Once you receive this letter, you can submit your remaining
documentation to the central office. While you can continue to submit
your documents to the Region/District of residence as required under
Section 100.10, the Regional office will simply forward your documents
to the central office. It may increase the likelihood that your
documentation will be lost.

Keep copies of your notice of intent, IHIP, quarterly reports, and
annual assessment as you submit them. HSLDA will work hard to put
pressure on the new central office to ensure that nothing is lost in
this transition. However, some may slip through the cracks. We will
aggressively defend any member family that is anyway threatened by
either the Regional office or the Office of Attendance for any
documentation they lose.

Should you have any difficulties with your homeschool records during
this transition please contact HSLDA and your local NY LEAH


In the past there have been problems with various Regions losing
paperwork and threatening families with educational neglect. Some of
the Regions have been more knowledgeable and prompt in following the
regulations, while others have not. In fact, we found out about the
decision to reorganize all of the homeschool reporting to one central
office after families in Region 7 had not received any response from
their notice of intent and attempted to contact the Regional office in
late August.

Each Region supervises the various schools within its geographical
boundaries. There are a total of 10 Regions and two specialized
districts for special education and alternative schools. For more
information about the various Regions visit .

If you are not yet a member of HSLDA and would like to help us fight
for greater parental rights and homeschool freedom in New York please
visit .


Thomas J. (Tj) Schmidt
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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