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3/25/2011 4:38:38 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Wisconsin--School Census: "Response Required by Law!"--Not

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Wisconsin--School Census: "Response Required by Law!"--Not

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

HSLDA member Genevieve DeBerry (name changed to protect her privacy)
recently sent us a flyer she had received from the Somerset,
Wisconsin, School District. In large print, the flyer blared,
"IMMEDIATE RESPONSE REQUIRED BY LAW!"

The inside of the flyer pointed to Wisconsin Statute section 120.18 as
authority for the demand. That statute mandates that school districts
conduct a census (or "school count"), but it does NOT mandate that
families participate in the census, nor are we aware of any other
statute that does.

If you choose to respond to the census nonetheless, be aware that
under some circumstances your reply could be open to public
inspection. The census asks for the date of birth of all your
children.

Your children's birth dates are sensitive, confidential information.
Criminals intent on stealing a person's identity find their job easier
if they can obtain a person's full name and birth date.

If you choose to participate, consider leaving birth date blank.
Instead, consider penciling in the phrase "as of the 3rd Friday in
September" beside the word "age", and then inserting the age of each
of your children as of that date.

If any official points to any statute other than section 120.18 to
convince you to participate in the census, please let us know so we
can review it.

Sincerely,

Scott Woodruff
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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