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January 31, 2014

School District Demands Use of “Official” Form


HSLDA Senior Counsel Dee Black assists members with questions and issues regarding North Dakota homeschool law. He and his wife homeschooled their children. Read more >>

Home School Legal Defense Association recently assisted a member family whose statement of intent to begin a home education program was rejected by Williston School District No. 1 because the parent had not used the “official” form. The mother of the child had used the statement of intent form developed by the North Dakota Home School Association, but the assistant superintendent insisted that she use the form published by the Department of Public Instruction.

After the family contacted HSLDA for assistance, Senior Counsel Dewitt Black sent a letter to the school official and informed her of the law. State law governing home education in North Dakota prescribes what information must be included in the statement of intent, but it does not prescribe any particular form that must be utilized. Thus, parents are free to use any form that provides the required information. In the case at hand, the parent had done just that.

HSLDA has also developed a statement of intent form for use by our member families in North Dakota. It may be accessed online.

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