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In a memorandum to homeschool parents dated September 7, 2006, the coordinator of attendance for Roane County Schools directed the parents to submit progress reports on four specified dates during the school year. Additionally, the memorandum specified that the progress reports had to include “the number of contact hours of schooling that occurred during each nine-week period, a list of subjects taught, and grades assigned for each subject.” The memorandum also threatened parents with truancy charges should they fail to submit the progress reports.
Home School Legal Defense Association Senior Counsel Dewitt Black responded to the school official in a letter explaining that state law contains no requirement for submission of any progress reports by homeschools. As this article goes to press, no HSLDA member family in Roane County has received any additional threats of prosecution for failure to submit the progress reports.
When public school districts exceed their authority by attempting to impose requirements on homeschooling families beyond what is contained in state law, we encourage our member families to contact us for assistance.