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5/5/2011 4:25:56 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Wisconsin: North Lake Seeks Confidential Information in School Census

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Wisconsin: North Lake Seeks Confidential Information in School Census

Dear Wisconsin Members and Friends:

The North Lake School District recently sent a letter to families
asking for protected, confidential information.

There is no law that requires you to respond to this request at all.
Assuming you filed your DPI form in October, you have already provided
the government with virtually all the school census-type information
that it could legitimately collect.

Under Wisconsin statute 120.18(1), school districts are required to
attempt to collect only a very modest amount of census information
from citizens: ONLY the numbers and ages of persons between the ages
of 4 and 20. But North Lake went far beyond that. It requested name,
phone, gender, birth date, grade, and even "suspected handicapping
conditions" of the children!

If you choose to respond at all, consider supplying only the
information the law authorizes the school system to seek in the
census: the number of children age 4 and above living at your address
and their ages.

In general, it is best to give a government agency only the
information that is required under law. If families voluntarily give
information that is not required, it can pave the way for someone to
try to make it mandatory down the road. One of the best ways to
protect rights from encroachment is to exercise them.

Also keep in mind that all information you submit may be made
available to the public.

Sincerely,

Scott Woodruff
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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