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3/31/2009 3:45:01 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
New Mexico--Homeschoolers Still Have Time To Submit Annual Notice of Intent

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

March 31, 2009

New Mexico--Homeschoolers Still Have
Time To Submit Annual Notice of Intent

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

Thanks to CAPE-NM and HSLDA, glitches in New Mexico's annual
homeschool notification procedure are slowly being resolved. The
following is an update on several problems:

1. Hard copy notification forms--including HSLDA forms--have been
returned to parents not because they were on a non-PED (Public
Education Department) form but because they lacked information.
Specifically, they did not include the child's birth date. HSLDA's
form has been changed to include a birth date rather than an age. CAPE
is still working with Dr. Don Duran, New Mexico's Assistant Secretary
of Education, to have the PED accept an age in lieu of a birth date.

2. The online PED form confirmation page times out before parents are
able to print it. PED staff is working to resolve this problem.

3. Someone on the PED staff incorrectly stated that only the online
PED form will be accepted. Dr. Duran has communicated to his staff
that any legible written notification with all required information
should be accepted. If the notification is incomplete but includes a
phone number or email address, the family should be contacted to
obtain the additional information. Only incomplete forms with no
phone number or email address should be returned to the family.
Complete forms have the following information:
> Parents'/guardians' contact information,
> School district of residence,
> Student's name and date of birth,
> A declaration that the home school operator has a high school
diploma or GED.

4. Some people have been told that notifications submitted after April
1 will result in denial of the right to homeschool for the next school
year. This is incorrect. Dr. Duran has stated that late notification
forms will be accepted and processed; however, if a form is submitted
late, the PED is unable to accurately inform truant officers and
interested social workers that a student is legally enrolled in a home
education program. If you have not notified, we encourage you to do
so as soon as possible.

The PED's preferred notification method is the online form, and they
have assured us that the website security problem has been resolved.
However, if you are more comfortable notifying on paper, you can use
the printable PED form (
), CAPE's form ( or HSLDA's
members-only form, available at

Thank you for your support of homeschooling freedom in New Mexico!


Chris Klicka
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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