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October 31, 2006
Educating the Educators

Lorraine Bishop* is one homeschooler who knows the law.

This fall, shortly after submitting her notice of intent to her local Massachusetts public school district, the superintendent called. He told Mrs. Bishop that until he approved her home education proposal, her children needed to be enrolled in public school. She responded, “not according to the law,” and referred the superintendent to the Home School Legal Defense Association legal analysis posted online.

The superintendent hung up and checked the HSLDA website. He soon called Mrs. Bishop back to tell her that she could continue homeschooling and that he would recommend her plan for approval.

After this exchange, Mrs. Bishop contacted HSLDA with gratitude for their online resources, but this homeschooler can take credit of her own for knowing Massachusetts homeschool regulations!

* Not her real name.