Originally Sent: 7/21/2014

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Senior Counsel Scott Woodruff answers questions and assists members with legal issues in your state. He and his wife homeschooled their children.

Dear HSLDA Members:

One of the surest ways to lose your freedom is to fail to understand it. If you ask the Hampton City Public School system for a form to start homeschooling, they will hand you a document entitled “Application for Exemption From Compulsory School Attendance.” It contains so many legal errors that it would be awesome material for a late-night comedy show except for the fact that a few uninformed homeschool families have probably already waived some important rights by filling it out.

All the legal errors in the form emanate from one fundamental flaw: the form presumes that you must humbly come to a bureaucrat with hat in hand and meekly seek their approval to exercise your God-given right to homeschool your children.

The solution is simple: don’t use their form. Only two states require families to get approval before they homeschool their children. Virginia is not one of them. We strongly recommend that you use HSLDA’s notice of intent form (available only to members) or contact us to see if you are eligible for a religious exemption.

The Hampton form is not only riddled with legal inaccuracies, it is wildly out of line with policies established by the democratically elected school board. We know of not a single instance where the school system has given trouble to a family that has used HSLDA’s form and filed it by the August 15 deadline. HSLDA and its staff of 10 full-time attorneys stand ready, willing, and able to represent any member family whose right to homeschool their children is threatened by the errant City of Hampton's Public School system.

Protecting your freedom before school administrators, school boards, courts, and legislatures is our top priority.


Scott Woodruff
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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