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August 21, 2013

Iowa City Schools Ask IPI Families to File Form A


Scott Woodruff answers questions and assists members with legal issues in Iowa. He and his wife homeschooled their children. Read more >>

An alert HSLDA member forwarded us a letter that the Iowa City Community School District sent to area homeschool parents saying—incorrectly—that parents choosing Independent Private Instruction (IPI, option 5) must file a Form A. The letter also said that families must file the Form A by August 26.

This type of error will probably happen often this year as local schools digest the fact that homeschool families now have five homeschool options, each with unique features.

The recently enacted House File 215 set the new date for filing Form A at September 1 for those who need to file it—but the effective date of this provision was listed as next year. However, the Department of Education has administratively set September 1 as the deadline for this year, as well.

HSLDA Senior Counsel Scott A. Woodruff called the school system and explained that a Form A is not necessary for families choosing IPI. The problem appears to be resolved.

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