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December 19, 2005

Texas School District Demands to See Homeschooler's Curriculum and Grades

Hartley School District in Texas requested the grades and curriculum from a member family who had just started to homeschool their daughter.

The family had informed the school that they were homeschooling when they removed their daughter. However, afterwards, the principal requested that the family inform him of the continuing status of their homeschool. The family knew that they were not obligated to provide this information and called Home School Legal Defense Association for advice.

Senior Counsel Chris Klicka wrote to the principal to advise him that the family was operating a bona fide homeschool pursuant to Texas law. He emphasized further that demands to see the family's grades and curriculum would be deemed harassment.

Fortunately, the school district relented and dropped its illegal demands.