From the HSLDA E-lert Service:


8/24/2007 4:40:53 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Iowa--Reminder: CPI Form Filing Deadline September 15

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

Iowa--Reminder: CPI Form Filing Deadline September 15

Dear HSLDA Members:

This is just a quick reminder that your Competent Private Instruction
(CPI) form, which should be accompanied by HSLDA's "Privacy
Notification Form," is due by September 15.

If a public school has previously identified a child as having special
needs, the CPI form should be filed earlier, if practicable. If your
child turns 16, or is not yet 6, as of Sept. 15, you need not file a
CPI form.

In previous years, the form was due "by the first day of school"--an
ever-shifting target. The Department of Education eliminated the
guesswork this year by specifying September 15 as the due date in the
current CPI form and the CPI Handbook.

A few officials have given families CPI forms that local school
districts have modified. This should be viewed with caution. A
district that thinks it has the authority to modify the CPI form (and
they really don't!) may include unauthorized demands. If a school
district offers you a modified CPI form, please send us a copy, so we
can review it.

In order to protect the privacy of information on your CPI form,
include HSLDA's "Privacy Notification Form." Ideally, the privacy form
and the CPI form should be mailed at the same time. We recommend that
you mail them return receipt requested, and file the postal receipt
when it comes. Although the privacy form could be sent later, it will
not protect you from violations of your privacy before the school
system receives it. Without this form, your school district may
release information about your family.

To get the form, go to HSLDA's homepage, point your mouse to
"members," then click on "forms and other resources" from the
drop-down menu. Enter your member user name and password (there are
instructions on what to do if you don't have one). Click on the state
of Iowa on the map, and then on the "Privacy Notification Form" link.

Although use of the HSLDA form is not mandatory, other forms or
methods of asserting your privacy rights may not be effective.

Homeschooling at the high school level can be tremendously rewarding.
However, if you're not sure you can do it, we'd like to help.
Homeschool veterans Becky Cooke and Diane Kummer have joined the HSLDA
staff to provide encouragement, ideas, and a helping hand to parents
with questions about homeschooling at the high school level.

You can contact them by calling HSLDA at (540) 338-5600 or via email


Scott A. Woodruff
HSLDA Staff Attorney

-> How long are you in for?

Some families are facing what seems like a lifelong commitment to
homeschooling, with children at both ends of the spectrum -- some
graduating and some just reaching school age. If you're going to
be "in" for a while, consider a lifetime membership with HSLDA.
It's a good deal for families with more than 10 years of
homeschooling ahead.

More reasons to join HSLDA...

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