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October 5, 2005

Case Dismissed Against Homeschool Family in Texas

The Stone family had their child in public school in Potter County, Texas, but began homeschooling at the beginning of the 2005-06 school year. Consequently, the family did not re-register their child in the public school or enroll him. As a courtesy, however, the mother informed the school district that their son would be homeschooled; she also asked for her son’s academic transcript.

After the family received the transcript they also received a court summons in the mail, despite the fact that the family had sent a letter of assurance that they were homeschooling according to the law. The Potter County Justice of the Peace signed a court order stating that they had to appear in court to answer for the “offence of failure to appear in public school” against the laws of Texas. Home School Legal Defense Association attempted to dismiss the case, but the school district adamantly pursued the charges.

Attorney Tom Sanders, an HSLDA local associate counsel, represented the family and negotiated a dismissal since the family was completely operating within the law.