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May 27, 2004
P family v. Social Security Administration
Benefits denied because of homeschooling

Filed: December 2002, Kalamazoo.

Nature of Case: The P family has had their SSI benefits that they receive for a special needs child reduced by the Administration because they are homeschooling their son, and the local office erroneously held that the Administration does not recognize homeschooling as full-time school. HSLDA appealed the decision. A hearing officer overturned the local office's decision, ruling that homeschooling fully satisfied the Social Security Administration's requirement that children be enrolled full-time in school to receive benefits, but the Appeals Council for the Administration reviewed the case and determined that the hearing officer made an error of law by recognizing homeschooling as full-time school. HSLDA filed a complaint in federal court on behalf of the P family.

Status: The Administration reached a settlement with the P family in May 2004, which recognized homeschooling as full-time school.

Last Updated: May 27, 2004