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8/21/2007 10:41:43 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Ohio--Outdated Policy Creates Stir

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August 21, 2007

Ohio--Outdated Policy Creates Stir

Dear HSLDA Members:

When Ohio's Dublin City Schools began telling homeschoolers they must
enroll their children in the local public school before they could
receive an excuse from compulsory public school attendance,
homeschoolers were fast to act.

Members quickly telephoned the Home School Legal Defense Association
to let us know about the issue. Staff Attorney Michael Donnelly called
local school officials and discovered the source of the problem--new
employees were trying to implement an outdated policy, which indicated
that only enrolled students could receive excuses from compulsory
attendance. Attorney Donnelly explained that Section 3301-34-03 of the
Ohio Administrative Code, which governs the procedure for home
education notification, does not require parents to enroll their
homeschooled children in the local public school.

HSLDA found the Dublin City Schools to be cooperative and responsive.
They quickly promised to contact the affected families and inform them
that their notification paperwork would be processed according to the
regulation.

Misunderstanding of home education laws is a common problem at the
beginning of the school year. With new staff grappling with new
positions and unfamiliar regulations or policies, it is natural to
expect that these types of situations will occur, at least (we hope)
occasionally.

HSLDA is privileged to be able to serve its members and resolve issues
specific to their school districts. Your membership allows us to
advocate for homeschooling freedom in Ohio, with our federal
government, and all over the world. We thank you for your attention
to these important matters of freedom and for your ongoing support.

Sincerely,

Michael P. Donnelly, Esq.
Staff Attorney

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to protect and advance homeschool freedoms in the United States
and foreign countries.

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