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7/26/2010 10:43:48 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Missouri: Declaration of Homeschool Intent Not Necessary

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Missouri: Declaration of Homeschool Intent Not Necessary

Dear HSLDA Members:

Last Wednesday, the Boone County Journal published an article for the
Southern Boone County School District saying:

"Families who want to homeschool their children need to provide some
information for the local public school district in order to avoid
misunderstandings." A list of "needed" information followed.

The article then said that if families don't submit the information,
"school officials don't know whether the family has moved or is still
homeschooling." The article explained that "The home-schooling
declarations prevent the school from making erroneous reports of
educational neglect."

The article seems to say that homeschool families have the burden of
proving they are innocent, and implies that it is a family's fault if
the school system makes a mistake.

This message must be firmly repudiated. We do not have to prove our
innocence; it is presumed.

And it is the school system's job to prevent its own mistakes--not
yours.

The article leads us to believe that the school system's only
motivation in asking you to file the information is to prevent
mistakes. But the real motivation is probably money. The school
system gets money for each declaration of enrollment that is filed.

You are under no obligation to file a declaration.

Sincerely,

Scott A. Woodruff
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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-> Extreme makeovers are for extreme circumstances...

Most homeschools don't need an extreme makeover, but there is
something to be said for attention to detail and recognition of
accomplishments. Watch the media and you'll soon see that not
everyone wants home educators and homeschooling to look good.
HSLDA works hard to shed light on the good work of home educators
so it's obvious that we don't need someone "making-over" our
homeschools. Join HSLDA and help us show the world that we're fine
as we are . . . thank you!

More reasons to join HSLDA...
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=1943

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