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5/12/2010 1:54:31 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Texas: Newspaper Article Causes Confusion

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Texas: Newspaper Article Causes Confusion

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

Several of our members have contacted us expressing concern about a
local newspaper article at http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=8297 that
mentions certain homeschool "requirements" from the Texas Education
Agency (TEA).

On March 10, the Houston Chronicle published a news story entitled
"Home-school is so popular, some are getting suspicious." Although the
main point of the article was the unfortunate practice of some school
districts to classify dropouts as homeschoolers in order to keep
drop-out numbers low, at one point it did reference a Texas Education
Agency policy requiring "a signed statement from a parent/guardian or
qualified student or documentation of an oral statement by the
parent/guardian or qualified student made within 10 days of the time
the student quits attending school in the district, signed and dated
by an authorized representative of the district noting that they
intend to attend home-school."

Texas law does not require parents who choose to teach their children
at home to file any sort of notice of intent. Thus, the TEA cannot
mandate parents to file any such form. However, it appears that this
policy is an attempt to get the public schools to follow up with
students who just stop attending school in order to find out whether
they are enrolled in school somewhere else.

To the same end, HSLDA recommends that parents who withdraw their
children from public school inform the school of their intention, lest
the sudden absence of the child create grounds for concern. Members
can find a sample withdrawal letter on the members-only section of our
website http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=8298 .

Should you encounter any school district that tries to force
homeschooling parents to sign any statements regarding the enrollment
of their children, please contact HSLDA for assistance.

Sincerely,

Darren Jones, Esq.
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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