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10/11/2006 4:27:36 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
North Carolina--DNPE Seeks Meeting at Police Station

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October 11, 2006

North Carolina--DNPE Seeks Meeting at Police Station

Dear HSLDA members:

On October 9, 2006, the North Carolina Division of Non-Public
Education (DNPE) sent a letter to some homeschooling families in the
Raleigh/Johnston County area requesting that they meet with a
representative of DNPE on November 2 to review their school records.
Parents agreeing to meet with the state official are required to bring
their children to the police station along with attendance,
immunization, and standardized test records to be reviewed. Parents
have the option of also bringing a textbook list, a daily log/lesson
plan book, and samples of each student's work for review by the state
official.

HSLDA recommends that our member families decline to participate in
this or any other such meetings conducted by DNPE. There are two
reasons for this:

> First, state law does not authorize DNPE to conduct such meetings or
require homeschooling families to participate in such meetings.

> Second, state law only authorizes DNPE to inspect standardized test
records, not attendance and immunization records. Parents must
maintain attendance and immunization records, but they are not subject
to routine inspection. Certainly DNPE has no authority to require
parents to bring their children to a police station or anywhere else
for any meetings.

What does the law require you to do? Sections 115C-549 and 115C-557 of
the General Statutes of North Carolina state that for one year after
the standardized testing, the records must be made available for
annual inspection at the principal office of the school at all
reasonable times. This means that a DNPE official may come to your
home, but not enter your home, to inspect the test results. We
recommend that any such inspection be done on the front porch, not
inside your home.

The letter from DNPE instructs the homeschooling families who cannot
attend the meeting to contact DNPE within ten days to advise DNPE of
this. Although the letter states that the meeting is voluntary, it is
unknown what DNPE intends to do if a family does not reply to the
letter. In the past, DNPE has closed homeschools it has not been able
to contact. For this reason, we recommend that families deciding not
to attend the meeting send a letter to DNPE stating so.

If you have any questions concerning this matter or encounter any
difficulty with state officials, please do not hesitate to contact us
for assistance.

Very truly yours,

Dewitt T. Black, III
Senior Counsel

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