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10/12/2010 5:14:13 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Wisconsin--Department of Public Instruction Lets Homeschoolers Down

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Wisconsin--Department of Public Instruction Lets Homeschoolers Down

Dear HSLDA Members:

I recently asked the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction to
make three changes to bring the DPI form into line with state law, and
a fourth for simple convenience. The Department has agreed to one
request, and refused the other three.

The Department has agreed to accept a mailing address, only. Families
wishing to submit PO Box only should not have a problem.

Unfortunately, however, the Department has refused to stop asking for
the individual grade levels and genders of children, even though these
are clearly not required under law. If you fill out your own paper
form and identify the number of children enrolled merely by
"elementary" or "high school", and say nothing about gender, you have
satisfied the law. Use the "ungraded 1-8" or "ungraded 9-12" boxes to
limit information to what is truly required. Scratch out the "male"
"female" wording on the paper form.

The Department has also refused to make the paper form available
conveniently. They continue to insist that homeschoolers who prefer a
paper form over submitting information online send a written request.


Here are two reasons you may not want to use the online "form." It
will not function unless you identify your enrolled students by
gender--which is not required under law. Also, the form will not
function unless you identify a school district, which is not required
under law.

For your convenience HSLDA has modified last year's DPI form so it can
be used this year. If you are an HSLDA member, you may go to the
"members only" section of our website, download the modified form, and
submit it as usual. The forms are due by October 15, whether submitted
by mail or online.

If you have already received a paper form from the DPI, please scan
and send a copy to us for review.


Sincerely,

Scott A. Woodruff
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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