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October 24, 2011

Chariho to Stop Publishing Homeschool Family Names

HSLDA member Susan Sands (name changed to protect her privacy) notified us that the Chariho school committee (so named because the district includes the towns of Charlestown, Richmond and Hopkinton) was publicly listing the names of parents and children, and children’s grade level, in their minutes after homeschool approval.

Home School Legal Defense Association Senior Counsel Scott Woodruff wrote to the chairman of the school committee. He asked that the school committee stop this practice because of significant privacy and security concerns.

The school committee’s attorney responded soon thereafter stating that this information would no longer be listed in the minutes. He said approval of homeschooling would take place in executive session, the minutes of which are not available to the public, unless the family requested that it be handled publicly.

This is a good resolution. While it is difficult to imagine why a family might want their own situation to be handled publicly, at least they have that option. And the default treatment will protect a family’s privacy.