Originally Sent: 5/13/2013

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Platte-Geddes Threatens Homeschoolers

Homeschooling in South Dakota

It was done for the mere convenience of the school district.



Senior Counsel Scott Woodruff answers questions and assists members with legal issues in your state. He and his wife homeschooled their children.
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Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

The superintendent of the Platte-Geddes School District No. 11-5 sent a letter to homeschool families threatening them in connection with year-end testing. The superintendent made a request: “Please let us know if you are in the process of completing [the year end] test.” He followed with: “If we do not hear from you by May 13, this will be documented and then reported to the state assessment office and copied to the [state] Secretary [of Education].”

This intimidating and unjustified threat was made not because of a new law: it was for the mere convenience of the school district.

After an HSLDA member brought this to our attention, Senior Counsel Scott Woodruff called the superintendent. He explained that the demand was without any support in law and that the intimidating tone was highly inappropriate.

The superintendent initially tried to justify the May 13 demand by saying that it would be convenient for him to have all homeschoolers’ scores by that date, since that is when he turns in public school student scores to the state. But as the conversation with Woodruff progressed, he acknowledged his error and agreed to send a letter of correction.

And for those of you who are curious, there is no such thing as the “state assessment office.”

Scott A. Woodruff, Esq.,
Senior Counsel, HSLDA

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