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3/29/2012 11:58:35 AM
Mike Smith--HSLDA
California: Official Threatens Homeschooler with Truancy

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California: Official Threatens Homeschooler with Truancy

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

Last week, four families in California who were pulling children out
of public school were told that they couldn't homeschool.

Ann Smith, (name changed to protect her privacy) living in Yucca
Valley, pulled her child out of school because she felt her child's
special needs weren't being met. She filed the private school
affidavit and gave her official notice of withdrawal to the school
district. The district official insisted that they had a right to do a
"home welfare check."

An official came to the Smith home to evaluate the private school
there. After concluding that Ann was not teaching all the required
subjects and not keeping an adequate attendance journal, the official
left.

However, apparently after further consideration, the school district
informed Ann that her school was not in compliance with the law and
she had to enroll her child in school or be subject to prosecution for
truancy after being referred to a school attendance review board for a
hearing. One of the reasons given by school officials for determining
noncompliance was that, since Ann did not file her private school
affidavit between Oct. 1 and Oct. 15, she could not start a private
school.

The California Department of Education receives affidavits throughout
the year for schools beginning after the Oct. 15 date. And the law
provides after verification of the filing of the affidavit, the
exemption from attendance at public school, shall be valid, not valid
after filing of the affidavit between Oct. 1-15.

I sent a letter to the school district addressing these issues. We'll
see if the school district is willing to re-think their position.

Sincerely

Mike Smith
HSLDA President

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