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10/20/2010 4:23:15 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Iowa--Violation of Equal Access to Testing Follow Up

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Iowa--Violation of Equal Access to Testing Follow Up

Dear HSLDA Members:

Since we last reported to you on this issue three weeks ago, the two
school systems that HSLDA confronted about their refusal to provide
no-cost testing have backed down and allowed the dual-enrolled
students involved to receive no-cost testing.

We believe this is just a tactical retreat--not a true change of
policy, however. These same two schools may resume denying no-cost
testing next year. And we expect that many other school systems are
currently denying no-cost testing to some dual-enrolled CPI students.

If you know of any specific situation where a dual-enrolled homeschool
student is being denied his or her right to no-cost standardized
testing, please let me know immediately.

BACKGROUND

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
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.

Sincerely yours,

Scott Woodruff
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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