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8/13/2008 4:55:47 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
West Virginia: Education Official Seeks More Information Than Law Requires

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West Virginia: Education Official
Seeks More Information Than Law Requires

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

The Home School Coordinator for the Fayette County Board of Education
has recently criticized some perfectly good notices of intent and
demanded that the families provide more detail in their plan of
instruction.

HSLDA recommends that families provide only a list of subjects they
will be teaching, and a principal textbook for each subject that uses
a textbook when providing a plan of instruction. This is accepted in
virtually every other county, and has been accepted for years even in
Fayette County.

The home school coordinator has been demanding that families list
topics to be covered in each subject. This level of detail is not
mandated under law. Likewise, it is not necessary to provide a table
of contents or scope and sequence.

West Virginia, like many other states, does not require that
homeschool families teach any particular subjects. Therefore, when a
family develops their plan of instruction for a coming year, the
central part of their plan is the particular subjects they will teach.
When a family provides a list of subjects, they are, in fact,
providing their plan of instruction. We recommend including a name of
a principal textbook as well because this is not intrusive, and may
help avoid needless conflict.

A home school coordinator has no legitimate need to know the topics a
family will cover under any subject. The Board of Education does not
need this information because they have no power to determine what
topics a family should or should not cover. There is no point in
giving them information when the law gives them no power over the
topics a family may choose.

HSLDA recommends that you avoid using Fayette County's notice of
intent form. Instead, use the form available on the members-only
section of the HSLDA website
(http://members.hslda.org/state/WV/default.asp), or one very similar
of your own making.

Very truly yours,

Scott A. Woodruff, Esq.
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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