From the HSLDA E-lert Service:


8/5/2008 2:41:08 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Virginia--Newport News Drops Birth Date Demand

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

Virginia--Newport News Drops Birth Date Demand

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

Many families recently contacted HSLDA about a letter they received
from Newport News Public Schools telling them that they must give the
birth dates of their children before they will "consider" a family's
"request" to provide home instruction.

Since birth dates are required to be on file for public school
students, it is easy for a school official to assume mistakenly that
they are required for homeschool students, as well. Periodically over
the years one Virginia school district or another has tried to mandate
the filing of birth dates. The potential for confusion is compounded
by the fact that the Virginia Department of Education's "model" notice
of intent calls for birth dates. State law, however, does not require
that a homeschooled child's birth date be included on their notice of

Furthermore, Virginia families do not need to "request" home
instruction. They simply file a notice. The school system's
suggestion that they will not "consider" a family's "request" to
homeschool without the birth date is simply bogus.

Home School Legal Defense Association attorney Scott Woodruff called
Newport News Public Schools and spoke with the staff member who had
sent the letter demanding birth dates. He explained that state law
does not require that families disclose this information. She
acknowledged that was correct, and confirmed that the school system
would halt its practice of rejecting notices of intent without birth

We expect that Newport News will continue to request birth dates on
their own form. We recommend that families who are not under the
religious exemption use HSLDA's notice of intent form (available on
the members-only section of our website at to make sure that you
are only submitting information that is required under law, or submit
a letter that contains all the information in HSLDA's form.

Very truly yours,

Scott A. Woodruff, Esq.
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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