September 14, 2007

Christiansburg Retracts Probation Demand

“You are hereby notified that you will be home schooling your daughter during the 2007-08 school year on a probationary basis.” The letter from the Montgomery County Assistant Superintendent stunned the Workman family because they thought that all test scores they submitted for their children were adequate. They called Home School Legal Defense Association for help and faxed a copy of the letter to our office.

HSLDA attorney Scott Woodruff read the letter and examined the test scores. Although the student scored low in one subtest (math computation), the overall composite score was comfortably above the state minimum of 23rd percentile.

Woodruff wrote the assistant superintendent. He explained that it did not matter that the score for one subtest was low. All that mattered was the overall composite score.

The superintendent replied. He agreed with Woodruff, withdrew the probation demand, and agreed with Woodruff’s request to remove the erroneous letter from the student’s file.

As a result of this conflict, the family decided to operate under the religious exemption. This will allow them to teach their children the way God has directed them, free of concern about further conflicts with misguided school officials.