April 17, 2012

Mom’s Right, Company Listens to HSLDA

Staff Attorney Mike Donnelly answers questions and assists members regarding legal issues in Minnesota. He and his wife homeschool. Read more >>

DriversEd.com told one Minnesota member family that it would not ship materials for its online driver’s education course until the family provided a letter from their school district superintendent verifying their son’s homeschool status. When this homeschool mom tried to explain that a new Minnesota law allows parents to certify their student’s homeschool status when applying for a driver’s permit, DriversEd.com insisted that it needed the school’s letter. A little frustrated, the family turned to Home School Legal Defense Association.

The homeschool mom was indeed correct—the law has changed. HSLDA Staff Attorney Michael Donnelly wrote a letter to DriversEd.com, and, just a hours later, the DriversEd.com general manager responded to HSLDA stating that the homeschool family’s status had been updated to “home school documents received.” HSLDA was pleased with this prompt action by DriversEd.com, which will allow the family to start their driver’s education right away.

Why didn’t the company representative take the homeschool mom’s word? They should have. But this story reveals that sometimes it takes a persuasive letter from a lawyer. HSLDA is always ready to advocate on behalf of homeschool families who receive demands from misinformed businesses, colleges, or government officials.

Join today or refer a friend and experience the confidence and peace of mind knowing you have an expert homeschool lawyer just a phone call away!