January 14, 2008

Concerned Family Declines Evaluation

After taking their young son to their family doctor, a Home School Legal Defense Association member family on Oahu was referred to their local public school. The doctor was apparently concerned that Mr. and Mrs. Kern’s (name changed to protect family’s privacy) son was progressing too slowly in his reading.

When Mr. and Mrs. Kern were contacted by the public school, they felt pressured into agreeing to permit an evaluation of their son by school officials. However, after thinking it over, Mr. and Mrs. Kern decided that they would continue teaching their son to read at home.

Among other things, the Kerns felt that many of the unrelated evaluations the school officials wanted to do were unnecessary, since the only issue with their son was a little reading difficulties. School officials also wanted to come into the Kerns’ home and observe their homeschool program.

HSLDA Staff Attorney Thomas Schmidt wrote a letter to the school officials on behalf of the Kerns. Schmidt informed the school that the family declined the offered evaluations but would continue to meet their son's needs privately.

If you have a child who is a struggling learning, please take a look at the resources available on HSLDA’s struggling learners webpages.