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9/28/2010 2:45:26 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Rhode Island--Be Ready for Chariho Truant Officer Visits

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Rhode Island--Be Ready for Chariho Truant Officer Visits

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

One or more Chariho homeschool families have been visited recently by
truant officers seeking to "verify information." This is preposterous
and an insult.

It presumes that homeschool families are liars. But let's be
realistic: no one is going to lie to get the "privilege" of being
regulated by the Chariho school system!

It is also a waste of taxpayer's money. If truant officers have time
to waste visiting homeschool families, maybe there are too many truant
officers on staff and the town should make some reductions to save
some expenses.

But until we can get these wasteful, stressful and insulting visits
shut down permanently, a suitable approach in most cases would be to
simply show the truant officer a copy of your notice of intent and
tell him you did not lie when you submitted it. If he asks for any
information that is not already on your notice of intent, tell him to
put it in writing and mail you a letter. Then you can deal with it
when you have time for reflection and HSLDA can review it, if you are
a member.

We don't want the school system to think that they can send out truant
officers out whenever they want and interrogate families during
surprise visits.

Also remember to come to the school committee meeting tonight at 7
p.m.! A large turnout of homeschool families should convince the
school committee to respect our freedom.

The school committee may try to argue tonight that homeschool policy
is up to the superintendent. This is not true. By law, homeschool
policy rests with the school committee alone. It cannot pass the buck
to the superintendent. This is an important protection for our
freedom, since the school committee is elected and the superintendent
is not.

Thank you for standing with us for freedom!

Scott Woodruff
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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