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August 31, 2004
Lemmon School Board Reverses Decision, Approves Homeschool Programs

On July 13, the Lemmon School Board voted to reject two families' homeschool programs. No legitimate reason was given. In a statement that appeared to show regrettable ignorance of the law, the chairman explained: "Homeschooling has been approved with little scrutiny up to this point. We're going to find out what responsibility the board has in determining whether homeschooled children are really receiving an education."

HSLDA attorney Scott Woodruff called the board's attorney. The board's attorney immediately acknowledged that there was no plausible reason for rejecting these two homeschool programs. He assured us he would push for a new vote promptly.

True to their attorney's word, the school board scheduled an emergency meeting. With suitable guidance from their attorney, the board voted 4-1 to confirm the two homeschool programs they had previously rejected.

While it is gratifying that the board affirmed the programs it previously spurned, it is troubling that one member of the school board still voted to oppose them. It is to be hoped that clearer heads on the board will prevent the recalcitrant board member from leading the school district down the path to conflict.