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January 11, 2012

Charleston Registration Bluff

Bobbi Matson (name changed to protect privacy) received a letter from the superintendent of Regional Office of Education No. 11 (Charleston) containing several unsolicited recommendations, and enclosing a homeschool registration form “per your request.” The letter said the form would allow the superintendent to “verify” the children’s enrollment in a private school.

Of course the Matson family, members of HSLDA, never requested a registration form. Upon calling HSLDA, we reminded the Matsons that homeschools are not required to register.

Senior Counsel Scott Woodruff then wrote to the superintendent reminding him that it is unfitting for him to offer recommendations to homeschools since public schools have no jurisdiction or supervision over them. Woodruff explained that no verification of the children’s enrollment in a private school was called for. Finally, he asked the superintendent to stop sending registration forms to homeschool families.

The superintendent has not responded to date.