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June 9, 2010
Professional Voice Goes to California

A New Jersey homeschooler had an opportunity to go to California and do professional “voiceover” work. But the California business that wanted to hire her first required that she have a New Jersey work permit.

When the family asked the Fairview, New Jersey, school superintendent for a work permit, he balked. He said the family was in violation of the law because they had not reported their homeschooling to the New Jersey Department of Education. He sounded alarmed and said he was going to call his lawyer. The student’s California dream was in jeopardy.

Because time was of the essence—the student was scheduled to fly to California in just a couple days—the family called HSLDA and we quickly prepared a letter to the superintendent. We explained that under current Department of Education policy, homeschoolers are not required to register, submit a notice of intent, or the like. We invited him to go to the Department’s own website to see for himself.

After receiving our letter, the superintendent issued the work permit. The student and her talented voice flew to California as scheduled.