From the HSLDA E-lert Service:


9/16/2009 5:07:54 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Rhode Island--N. Kingstown Raises Demands on Homeschoolers Without Notice

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

Rhode Island--North Kingstown Raises
Demands on Homeschoolers Without Notice

Dear Rhode Island HSLDA members in North Kingstown,

The North Kingstown (NK) school committee has raised the demands on
homeschoolers without consulting with the stakeholders--the homeschool
families themselves.

In 2002, local homeschool families and the NK school committee worked
collaboratively over many weeks to revise the homeschool policy. The
result was a consensus-based policy that the homeschool community
supported which fully integrated state law. We had expected that the
school committee would show the common courtesy of opening a line of
communication with us before any new effort to change this policy.

We were therefore disappointed to learn that in March of 2009 the
school committee made the following changes in the policy without
communicating with the homeschool community:

1. Parents "should" meet with the Assistant Superintendent of Teaching
and Learning, or designee.

2. Parents must prove that their curriculum meets "RI Department of
Education requirements" (no details are provided on exactly what this

3. Parents must "register" their students in the NK school

4. Parents must follow all the rules that apply to a student asking to
be admitted to NK public schools. This means parents must:

--Physically go to the "D" building at 120 Fairway Drive.

--Show documents that prove you live in NK.

--Show a birth certificate to prove your child's age.

--And possibly submit to other requirements (home language survey,
immunization and medical information, notarized affidavit of
residence, race and custody information, issuance of student ID number
and family ID number, etc.)

It is questionable how anyone could consider these changes to be
legitimate in view of the way they were adopted. Amy Brock with Rhode
Island Guild of Home Teachers (RIGHT) plans to bring this issue to the
attention of one or more members of the school committee promptly. We
may have further recommendations after that.

Sincerely Yours,

Scott Woodruff
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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