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9/11/2006 11:03:42 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Michigan: Family Receives Unannounced Home Visit

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September 11, 2006

Michigan: Family Receives Unannounced Home Visit

Dear HSLDA members:

A Home School Legal Defense Association member family was taken by
surprise on September 5, when a school official from Gogebic-Ontonagon
Intermediate School District came to the family's home and demanded to
see their curriculum.

The school official gave no reason why, after seven years of
homeschooling, the family was suddenly being visited by the school
district. However, the school official did hand the family an official
letter, which seemed to support the demand to review their curriculum
and cited the compulsory attendance law.

The mother, feeling very intimidated by the visit and the letter
citing the compulsory attendance law, showed the school official her
curriculum.

After seeing the curriculum, the school official seemed to be
satisfied. He did remark, however, that "homeschooling is kind of
expensive." The mother simply laughed and said that homeschooling was
much cheaper than the $7,000 per child that the public schools charge
taxpayers!

Homeschool families in Michigan need to be on alert. These kind of
unannounced visits happen from time to time in school districts
throughout Michigan. If you are ever visited by a school official
demanding to see your curriculum, simply say "no," and quickly give
HSLDA a call. We would be more than happy to talk to the school
official at your door on the phone, and explain to them your rights
under Michigan law.

The homeschool law states, "The child is being educated in the child's
home by his or her parent or legal guardian in an organized
educational program in the subject areas of reading, spelling,
mathematics, science, history, civics, literature, writing, and
English grammar." That is all the law says. There is no requirement
that a family have their curriculum reviewed in any way by the public
school. The legislation was specifically written so that families
would not have to have their curriculum arbitrarily approved or
disapproved by the school district like they used to under the old
law.

HSLDA routinely sends letters on behalf of member families contacted
by the school district with such illegal requests. In virtually every
one of these situations, the homeschooler is then left alone without
having their curriculum reviewed by the school district. Once again,
school district officials are reminded of their limits under the law.

Sincerely,

Christopher J. Klicka, Esq.
HSLDA Senior Counsel


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