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June 25, 2004

Washington School District Forces Homeschoolers to Seek "Approval"

In the 2001-2002 school year, homeschoolers in Easton School District were surprised to receive a different form instead of the standard Declaration of Intent. Unfortunately, the new form did not comply with state law governing homeschooling.

The new form, Supplementary Application for Approval to Provide Home-Based Instruction, required the parent to verify the child's former school, school records, and testing, none of which is required by law. In addition, the name of the form itself posed a significant problem, since state law specifies that homeschooling parents must submit a declaration of intent. The school district has no right to force homeschoolers to seek "approval."

When a HSLDA member family asked our legal staff about Easton's Supplementary Application, we advised the family to submit a different form formatted according to the Department of Public Instruction form as required by state law. We then wrote to the school district on behalf of the family, explaining that the attempt to impose this new form was illegal.

The school district backed away from their demands and these families were not harassed any further.