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June 11, 2007

Fruitvale Public Schools Tries to Oversee Homeschool

When a Texas member family withdrew their children from public school in order to homeschool, they informed the public school as a courtesy. Their courtesy was reciprocated by unnecessary demands sent to them in a letter. School officials told the family that they were “required to provide to Fruitvale ISD written proof of what you are teaching and the curriculum that [you] are using.”

The concerned family asked Home School Legal Defense Association for guidance.

Attorney Chris Klicka responded on behalf of the family with a letter of his own. In his letter he stated that the school district’s request was illegal and that homeschool programs operate as legal private schools under Texas law. He indicated that the family was operating their private school according to the requirements set forth in the law and that the Fruitvale ISD should not have any concerns about the family’s private school.

Please contact HSLDA if your school district makes similar demands of your homeschool program.