From the HSLDA E-lert Service:


11/10/2006 4:51:28 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Rhode Island--Please Attend Warwick School Committee Meeting Nov. 14

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

Rhode Island--Please Attend Warwick School Committee Meeting Nov. 14

Dear Warwick HSLDA members and friends,

On November 14, the Warwick school committee will consider a
dramatically improved homeschool policy. The current policy treats
homeschoolers harshly. The draft of the new policy is still subject
to amendment.

Your presence next Tuesday will help persuade the committee members of
the importance of adopting a new policy that protects the rights of
parents and removes unnecessary red tape.


Please attend the meeting on Tuesday, November 14, at 7 p.m., in the
Warwick Administration Building School Committee Room, to show your
support for homeschool freedom. Encourage other homeschool families
to attend.


The harsh aspects of Warwick's homeschool policy burgeoned into a
crisis this fall when a school administrator demanded that families
provide highly detailed descriptions of their homeschool program, and
prove they were following state content standards. The administrator
refused to moderate her position, and rejected requests to allow
families alternatives to signing a contract-like "agreement."

HSLDA advised families to refuse to sign the agreement. Many families
subsequently received threatening letters, highlighting another fatal
flaw in Warwick's policy--it did not explicitly state, as the policies
of many other towns do, that families can lawfully homeschool while
awaiting a school committee decision. After school officials provided
assurance that families who were conscientiously refusing to sign the
agreement would not face legal action, HSLDA advised our members to be
patient until a new policy could be put in place.

HSLDA promptly took the initiative to begin a process to improve
Warwick's policy. Amy Brock of Rhode Island Guild of Home Teachers
and Warwick homeschool mom Donna DeSantis have played a leading role
in drafting the new policy, while school committee member Joyce
Andrade has provided a high level of courteous, timely and
professional assistance.

The current draft, which is still subject to change, solves the
problems that precipitated the crisis. It also addresses many other
inequities in the current policy, such as reducing progress reports
and attendance reports to once per year, abolishing contract-like
"agreements," and making it clear families can homeschool lawfully
while awaiting a school committee decision, or during the appeal of a

As this process moves toward conclusion we deeply appreciate the fact
that Warwick school officials have kept their word and not initiated
legal action against families. We also deeply appreciate the patience
many families have faced despite receiving threatening letters.

Sincerely Yours,

Scott A. Woodruff
HSLDA Staff Attorney

-> You can only do so much...

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