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February 26, 2007

School District Creates False Deadline for Homeschooler

The Peters* family contacted Home School Legal Defense Association concerning a letter they received from their local public school district, which stated that the annual evaluation for home education programs must be no later than July 31 of each year. There is no such deadline established by state law for submitting the annual evaluation.

On the Peters family’s behalf, HSLDA sent a letter to the Gainesville school district stating that their deadline was completely illegal. No single deadline can be required, since every family has a different deadline for when their evaluations are due, depending on the start date of their home education program.

HSLDA sent a letter explaining the Florida homeschool law, which requires evaluations to be sent a year from the date that the notice of intent was sent.

If you live in the Gainesville area, please do not be intimidated into complying with any arbitrary deadline for submitting evaluations. Your evaluation is due on the anniversary of the date that you sent your notice of intent.

*Name changed to protect family’s privacy.