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8/2/2011 2:21:10 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Texas: New TEA Withdrawal Policy to Combat Attendance Fraud

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Texas: New TEA Withdrawal Policy to Combat Attendance Fraud

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

According to the Houston Chronicle
(http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=11963), the Texas Education Agency
has now implemented its new policy to combat public school attendance
fraud by requiring public schools to more fully document whether a
withdrawing student intends to homeschool.

Last year (http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=11964), HSLDA alerted
Texas homeschoolers that the TEA conducted an audit of public schools
and found that some schools in Texas had been classifying dropouts as
homeschoolers in order to keep drop-out numbers low. To combat this
problem, the TEA is now requiring that when a student is withdrawing
from public school, the school must have a signed statement from the
parent saying that the student intends to study at home before it can
classify them as "withdrawing to homeschool."

Texas law does not require parents who choose to teach their children
at home to file any sort of notice of intent. Thus, the TEA cannot
mandate parents to file any such form. However, HSLDA always
recommends that parents who withdraw their children from public school
inform the school of their intention, lest the sudden absence of the
child create grounds for concern. Members can find a sample withdrawal
letter on the members-only section of our website
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=8298 . This letter should serve as
the parent's signed statement required by the TEA's new policy.

Should you encounter any school district that tries to force
homeschooling parents to sign any statements regarding the enrollment
of their children, please contact HSLDA immediately for assistance.

Sincerely,

Darren Jones, Esq.
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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As a member of HSLDA, you have 80,000 families standing with you
to protect and advance homeschool freedoms in the United States
and foreign countries.

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