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School District Knocks Unit Study as Insufficient
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A new homeschooling family in the Pearl River School District recently received a letter concerning their children’s homeschool paperwork. The family’s individualized home instruction plans and quarterly reports had demonstrated that they were using a unit study for science and social studies.
Children using a unit study approach all study similar material, although at their respective grade levels.
In the letter the school district’s deputy superintendent stated that the family’s paperwork did not show “differentiation by grade level” and was not sufficient. However, the family had clearly indicated that the children were at different academic levels, and that while studying the same general material, they were completing assignments and activities appropriate to their respective grades.
HSLDA Staff Attorney Tj Schmidt contacted the deputy superintendent on the family’s behalf. Schmidt informed the deputy superintendent that unit studies were permissible under New York law, and that the family’s paperwork had fulfilled the New York state homeschool regulations. Based on his conversation with the deputy superintendent, Schmidt expects that the district will be more accepting of homeschooling families using a unit study approach.