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July 17, 2001
Principal Harasses Family with Special Needs Child

A new HSLDA member family withdrew their special needs daughter from Van Vleck High School and began home schooling. They had a curriculum prepared and even hired a tutor to assist them. The principal, however, told the mother her daughter was "a child in need of care," so she could not be home schooled. He then informed the mother she was required to attend an administrative hearing to determine if the child's special needs were met. HSLDA wrote the school official explaining that once the family formally withdrew from the public school they no longer were under the jurisdiction of the federal regulations that govern special needs children. HSLDA further informed him that the family would not attend a hearing and that they were in full compliance with the law. The matter was resolved.