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11/16/2012 11:54:27 AM
Tj Schmidt--HSLDA
Indiana--New State Superintendent Could Bring Changes to Homeschooling

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New State Superintendent Could Bring Changes to Homeschooling

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

As many of you already know, Ms. Glenda Ritz was elected as the new
state superintendent in Indiana. She will be sworn into office on
January 14, 2013. Some within the Indiana homeschool community are
concerned about how this change in the State Superintendent of Public
Instruction could impact homeschooling in Indiana.

Ms. Ritz has certainly made her opinion of homeschooling known. In a
question-and-answer forum put on by the Indiana School Board
Association and the Indiana Association of Public School
Superintendents during the campaign for state superintendent, Ms. Ritz
stated that: "We don't have any policy on homeschooling in Indiana. We
need some policy on homeschooling. It's actually being abused in many
cases. I have heard of students being withdrawn by their parents to
take care of an aging grandparent and getting absolutely no schooling
at home. There are no regulations at all regarding it. So, yeah, we
need some policy on homeschooling."

We have already addressed the fact that these statements about
homeschooling are completely inaccurate. If you haven't read the
previous discussion of this issue please go to:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=16264 .

The real question is whether homeschooling freedom in Indiana is in
any greater danger. The short answer is that it could be.

The state superintendent has the authority under Indiana law to
request that homeschool families submit attendance records to verify
the enrollment and attendance of their students in a nonpublic school
(homeschool) under IC sec. 20-33-2-20. Generally, the state
superintendent hasn't done this, and instead the Department of
Education has a webpage for voluntary registration of homeschool
families. However, there are other things that the state
superintendent would have the ability to influence as far as
homeschooling goes. Most of these would require a change to state law.
At this time, we will just have to wait and see what happens.

What hasn't changed is that HSLDA is still committed to working with
homeschool organizations like Indiana Association of Home Educators
(IAHE) and others to protect homeschool freedom in Indiana. We will
continue to monitor legislation and work with various Indiana
legislators in upcoming legislative session and beyond.

HSLDA is already expecting legislation that would impact parents
seeking to withdraw their students from public school and enroll them
in a nonaccredited nonpublic school (including homeschools). While we
anticipate being neutral on the above mentioned bill, we will keep you
updated whenever this, or other legislation impacting homeschooling,
is introduced. We will keep you informed of our concerns with any
particular legislation impacting homeschooling or other parental
rights and our position on the bills.

We should certainly not have a "spirit of fear" with the uncertainty
surrounding the future of homeschool freedom in Indiana. However, we
must remain vigilant in defending that freedom, just as we remain
diligent in teaching our children. We cannot do it without your help
and are grateful for your stand with us for freedom.

If you are not a member of HSLDA, will you consider taking a moment
today to join? If you are already a member, please consider
recommending us to your homeschool friends. We hope that more
homeschool families join together with us and support the work in
defending individual families threatened by government officials and
protecting homeschooling freedom for all. Check out these special
offers to join today: http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=16265


Sincerely,

Thomas J. Schmidt
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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