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February 25, 2009

School Threatens to List Homeschooler as a High School Dropout

When one of HSLDA’s member families in Athens withdrew their son from high school, the school told the family that in order to privately educate their son at home, they must submit homeschool notification paperwork, or their son would be listed as a high school dropout in their records. The family immediately called Home School Legal Defense Association to find out how they could keep their son from being listed as a dropout, without succumbing to the school’s wishes of filing unnecessary paperwork.

HSLDA Senior Counsel Chris Klicka wrote a letter to the school informing them that Michigan does not require completion of a form by homeschool families, nor could officials legally list the student as a dropout, since the student was enrolled full-time in a valid, legal home education program.

After the school received this clarification from HSLDA, the family was able to successfully withdraw their son from public school without his record being marred.