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10/4/2011 4:30:30 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
California: Changes to the Private School Affidavit

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Changes to the Private School Affidavit

To private school administrators of PSP's with six or more students:

The private school affidavit for the 2011-2012 school year is
available, but has been changed to include two new questions
(questions 41 and 42). These questions ask for the number of enrolled
immigrant students and the number of enrolled students who are not
proficient in English. Neither of these pieces of information is
required by law to be reported.

Unfortunately, the online version of the affidavit form will not allow
the form to be submitted unless questions 41 and 42 are answered.

Note that the online affidavit form states that questions 41 and 42 do
not apply to schools with fewer than six enrolled students. This means
that those small private school with only five or fewer students can
legitimately leave the answers set at the default of zero. However, if
schools with six students and above leave the default answer of zero,
that is a response that the school have NO immigrants or
non-proficient-in-English students.

Since questions 41 and 42 clearly exceed the CDE's authority related
to private schools and the CDE requires these questions to be answered
in order to file the affidavit online, we suggest an alternative: the
filing of a paper copy of the affidavit this year.

Thus, our recommendation is that those schools with six or more
students simply write "N/A" in the space on the hard copy form for
both questions 41 and 42, then mail the form.

For your convenience, the affidavit form is posted on HSLDA's website
under California Form and Resources at
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=12532 . Be sure to keep a copy of
the completed affidavit for your records, then mail the affidavit on
or before October 15, with proof of delivery from the post office so
that you will be able to confirm that you did mail it.

Very truly yours,

Michael Smith, President
HSLDA

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