From the HSLDA E-lert Service:


8/6/2009 3:11:04 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Wisconsin--Annual Notice to Department of Public Instruction Reminder

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...
Wisconsin--Annual Notice to Department of Public Instruction Reminder

Dear HSLDA members:

This is just a reminder for those operating under Wisconsin's
homeschool law that your annual notice of intent to homeschool
is due October 15.

Wisconsin's "home-based private educational program" statute requires
every homeschool family to submit a statement of enrollment to the
Department of Public Instruction (DPI), indicating whether their
homeschool program meets all the requirements under the law.

You will be asked the following questions, and to meet all the
requirements of a "home-based private educational program" under
Wisconsin statutes, you must be able to answer "True" to the following


a. "primary purpose of the program is to provide private or
religious-based education,"

b. "the program is privately controlled,"

c. the program provides at least 875 hours of instruction each
school year,

d. "the program provides a sequentially progressive curriculum of
fundamental instruction" in the Required Subjects: (which "does not
require the program to include in its curriculum any concept, topic or

practice in conflict with the program's religious doctrines," or
exclude any such topic), and

e. the program is not operated to circumvent the compulsory
attendance law.

If your school system or DPI asks you to provide information in
addition to the above requirements, please let us know.

The form is available by calling 608-266-5761 or toll free
1-888-245-2732, ext. 1. The DPI mails the forms out every Friday. It
should be completed and submitted to the DPI at the following address:

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
School Management Services/Home-Based
125 South Webster Street
P.O. Box 7841
Madison, WI 53707-7841

According to the law, your notice should be received by the DPI by
October 15.

We have been notified that the form may contain language recommending
the maintenance of records to demonstrate that the homeschool program
has complied with the law. There is no authority given to the DPI or
local school districts to investigate or review records maintained by
homeschoolers in WI. However HSLDA recommends that homeschoolers
maintain sufficient records to demonstrate compliance with the law
even if not explicitly required. Records can also be used in the
event the family encounters difficulties from other state agencies and
may be useful in the college or job application process. For more
information see .

For a summary of recent conflicts experienced by some homeschoolers in
Wisconsin, visit our web page at .


Michael P. Donnelly
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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