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9/29/2010 9:30:23 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Iowa--Violation of Equal Access to Testing

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Iowa--Violation of Equal Access to Testing

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

Iowa law and regulations say that a homeschool student who dual
enrolls in a public school is entitled to the same access to
standardized testing as any other enrolled public-school student--that
is, at no cost (other than the taxes they already pay!).

But based on statements coming out of the state Department of
Education, some local school districts have recently been refusing to
follow the law. These districts are telling homeschool students that
they will be required to pay the cost of standardized testing even if
they are dual enrolled, unless the students are also signed up for
public-school academic classes.

There is no basis in law for denying the right to no-cost testing
unless a student also signs up for an academic class.

HSLDA has sent a letter to a principal at a Des Moines-area elementary
school telling him that we will consider litigation if he continues to
violate a particular family's right to equal access to testing.

If you know of any other specific local situations where dual-enrolled
homeschool students are being denied their rights to no-cost
standardized testing, please let me know immediately.

Scott Woodruff
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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