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October 24, 2008

Dearborn Heights Form Not Mandatory

When a Michigan family recently withdrew their child from a Dearborn Heights public school, they were told that they had to complete a “Home Schooling Notification Form.” The form asked for the parents’ contact information, for names and birthdates of the children being homeschooled, who would be providing the day-to-day instruction, whether an “organized education program” would be used, and which subjects would be covered.

The family contacted Home School Legal Defense Association for assistance. Senior Counsel Chris Klicka wrote a letter to the district’s assistant superintendent, informing her that not only is the family legally home educating their children, but they are also not required to give any type of notice that they are doing so.

The family declined to fill out the form and are now able to put their full energy into homeschooling their children without further state interference.