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11/14/2006 12:20:03 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Rhode Island: Attend Meeting to Support Policy Improvements

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Rhode Island: Attend Meeting to Support Policy Improvements

Dear HSLDA members and friends in Warwick, R.I.:

The new homeschool policy that will be considered tonight contains
many improvements. Here is an itemization.

Homeschooling as a Right
> Current: Does not explicitly recognize homeschooling as a right.
> New: Does acknowledge the right.

Delegation of Approval
> Current: Delegates to the superintendent and chairperson the power
to approve a homeschool plan.
> New: Delegates approval power only to chairperson.

Delegation of Rejection
> Current: Delegates power to reject a homeschool plan to the
chairperson and superintendent.
> New: Makes it clear only the full school committee can reject a
homeschool plan.

"Agreement"
> Current: Requires a contract-like "agreement," with many burdensome
requirements, and a letter of intent.
> New: Requires ONLY a letter of intent.

Number of Progress Reports
> Current: Requires two progress reports.
> New: Requires only one progress report.

Type of Progress Reports
> Current: Does not specifically acknowledge parents' right to decide
what type of report to submit.
> New: Explicitly states parents' preferences will be accommodated.

Status Pending "Approval"
> Current: School system states families are truant until they have
been approved unless they have signed the "agreement."
> New: Policy states a truancy petition will not be filed pending
final decisions from the school committee, and if there is an appeal,
from the Rhode Island Commissioner of Education.

Administrative Impositions
> Current: Administrators seem to have power to add new requirements.
> New: Clearly states NO requirements can be imposed except those
specifically listed in the policy.

Course Content
> Currrent: An official was stating families must include the state
content standards; course content was often demanded.
> New: Families list only subjects to be taught and major textbooks
(title, author, publisher) to be used.

Timing of Attendance Records
> Current: Appears to give administrators broad discretion as to when
and how often to demand attendance records.
> New: Attendance records are only due once per year, in June.

Content of Attendance Records
> Current: Attendance records must be submitted on a form developed by
administrators.
> New: Parents have freedom to decide what format to use in submitting
the attendance report.

ACTION REQUESTED

Please attend the meeting at 7 tonight in the Warwick Administration
Building School Committee Room, to show your support for these
improvements and to make sure any additional changes to the policy
support homeschool freedom.

Sincerely Yours,

Scott A. Woodruff
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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-> Extreme makeovers are for extreme circumstances...

Most homeschools don't need an extreme makeover, but there is
something to be said for attention to detail and recognition of
accomplishments. Watch the media and you'll soon see that not
everyone wants home educators and homeschooling to look good.
HSLDA works hard to shed light on the good work of home educators
so it's obvious that we don't need someone "making-over" our
homeschools. Join HSLDA and help us show the world that we're fine
as we are . . . thank you!

More reasons to join HSLDA...
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=1943

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