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October 14, 2009

Crandon Seeks Phony Enrollment, Power to Call Doctor for Homeschooled Child

HSLDA members Don and Pam Warren (name changed to protect their privacy) filed their DPI form as required. Knowing well that they intended to homeschool their child, a representative of the Crandon, Wisconsin, schools nevertheless sent the Warrens a letter asking them to fill out a public school student enrollment form that would, among other things, give the school authority to call a doctor of the school’s choosing in case of an emergency.

The form was titled: “School District of Crandon Student Enrollment Form.” It asked for racial information, behavioral issues, health factors, etc. It was obviously designed for public school students.

When Don and Pam brought this to our attention, HSLDA Senior Counsel Scott Woodruff immediately called the school official. Woodruff asked her if families were free to ignore the form. She readily conceded they were.

Woodruff asked her to make it clear in future letters that filling out this form is entirely optional for families.