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June 15, 2005

Bates County Backs Down on Registration Demand

A member family in Bates County received a call from the school district demanding that they come to the local school and sign a form stating that they were homeschooling.

The family immediately called HSLDA for advice. Missouri law allows families to notify the school district that they are homeschooling, but it is not a requirement. Most school districts know that they have no authority to demand that families sign any form.

We immediately called the superintendent's office and talked with the school district secretary. We reminded her that families are not required to file anything with the school district. The secretary immediately backed down and acknowledged that the family was free to homeschool and did not need to sign any forms.

Although families are permitted to "register," we recommend against it. It provides virtually no benefit to the family, and under some circumstances it could be detrimental. Schools sometimes pressure families to "register" so they can receive more taxpayer money from the state.