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8/3/2012 5:19:09 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Vermont: DOE unveils revised, restrictive homeschool enrollment policy

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

Commissioner of Education Unveils Department's Revised, Restrictive
Homeschool Enrollment Policy

August 3, 2012

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

On July 23rd, the Vermont Commissioner of Education sent out a
memorandum to homeschoolers laying out the Department of Education's
new policy regarding homeschool enrollment notices.

The Commissioner's Memorandum attempts to implement new changes in
Vermont's homeschool law. The Department will continue to accept
homeschool notices for the upcoming school year starting March 1st, in
accordance with the explicit requirements of 16 V.S.A. sec. 166b(a),
but once Labor Day passes, the Department will only accept a
homeschool notice for the current school year if the student has (1)
moved into Vermont from out of state, (2) turned six during the school
year, or (3) transferred into a homeschool from a Vermont public
school, approved or recognized independent school, or other approved
education program. Once March 1st arrives, these exceptions will go
away as well; the Department will "no longer accept enrollment notices
. . . for the school year in progress," for any reason.

Link to memorandum:

In concert with state and local leaders, HSLDA is actively considering
how we might effectively counter this attempt to curtail homeschool
freedom . In the meantime, we wanted to make you aware of the
Department's new policy, what it means, and how it will affect you.

This memorandum does not change Vermont's homeschooling law, as it was
passed by the Vermont Legislature. Contrary to the Commissioner's
assertion, nothing in section 166b contemplates that homeschools are
"intended to be for a complete school year." Nor does Vermont law
contain any filing deadlines for parents who wish to homeschool:
parents can file an enrollment notice as early as March 1 of the
preceding school year, up until the enrollment period expires at the
end of the school year, on July 1st.

This policy is a blatant attempt to introduce requirements which are
entirely foreign to Vermont's homeschool law, and has the potential to
dramatically alter how the DOE handles homeschool notices in the
future . While the Department of Education can enforce the law, it
cannot add new requirements for homeschoolers simply to suit its own
preferences. This new policy undoubtedly does that by placing an
unnecessary burden, with no basis in the law, squarely on

Regrettably, this policy will likely result in more administrative
hearings for homeschoolers. The new policy is strongly-worded,
implementing strict, absolute time-barriers for homeschool enrollment
notices. We fully anticipate that the Department will attempt to deny
families the right to homeschool based solely on missing a "deadline."

As long as this policy remains in force, families who wish to avoid
any confrontation with the Department should plan on submitting their
homeschool enrollment notices no later than this coming Labor Day,
September 3rd. Having said that, HSLDA strongly believes that this
policy is inconsistent with Vermont's homeschool law, and usurps the
legislature's sole prerogative to make law. As such, we will be there
to actively defend our members from this policy, should the Department
decide not to revise or rescind it.

We greatly value you and your support--it is a privilege to serve you!
If you or someone you know is not a member of HSLDA, will you consider
taking a moment today to join or recommend us and support our work
defending individual families threatened by government officials and
protecting homeschooling freedom for all? Join now >>


Peter K. Kamakawiwoole, Jr.
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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-it should appeal to our members and be effective. Consider what
our members say about us:

We're thankful for the support HSLDA membership provides us. We'd
never homeschool without them. We highly recommend HSLDA to all
homeschoolers. - North Tonawanda, NY

I cannot imagine our homeschool journey without HSLDA's strong
leadership, protection, and guidance. God bless HSLDA!
- Alta Loma, California

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