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November 1, 2005

Harford County Removes Unauthorized Questions

A member family recently alerted HSLDA to some changes that Harford County Public Schools had made to the homeschool notice of consent form.

The school district added two new questions. One asked if the child had received, or needed to receive, special education services. The second question asked for the name of the last school that the child had attended.

HSLDA called the school district and spoke with the homeschool coordinator for Harford County Public Schools. We reminded him that neither of these questions are required by the state regulations, and the school district is required to use a form that is prescribed by the state department of education.

The homeschool coordinator immediately agreed with HSLDA. He said that the school district never intended to pressure homeschool families to give out more information, but just wanted to be able to help homeschoolers. He promised to change the form immediately to make it clear that answering both of these questions was optional.