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November 3, 2006

District Requests Exceed Law

A member family in the Utica City School District received a letter stating that their Individualized Home Instruction Plan (IHIP) forms for their children were not sufficient. Instead the district insisted that Mr. and Mrs. Hudson* provide a description of the material they intended to cover in each subject.

As they had been homeschooling in this district for several years and had always submitted a list of the curriculum materials or textbooks that they were intending to use, Mr. and Mrs. Hudson contacted us for help.

The Home School Legal Defense staff attorney for New York contacted the Utica City School District, pointing out that Section 100.10 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education requires the parent to list the syllabi, curriculum materials, textbooks, or plan of instruction to be used.

While the parent is required to provide a description of the material covered in the quarterly report, it is not appropriate for the IHIP.

After receiving the letter from HSLDA the Utica City School District dropped their request for the additional information.

* Not their real name.