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July 9, 2008

Board to Publish Correction Following Census Error

A Home School Legal Defense Association member family in Appomattox County, Virginia, received a letter from Appomattox County public schools telling them that they “must” answer the triennial census. Suspecting this was wrong, the family wrote to HSLDA for guidance.

HSLDA attorney Scott Woodruff read the materials the school system had mailed out. The letter said, “every household must complete this form and return to any school or the school board office by May 1, 2008.” An enclosed information sheet said, “all children in the county must be identified.”

Attorney Woodruff wrote a letter to the chairman of the school board explaining that the schools system’s demands were unlawful. Woodruff pointed out that families have the option of choosing to not participate in the census.

The chairman of the school board replied and acknowledged the error. He said a correction would be published in the local newspaper.