March 22, 2007

Truancy Case Against New Homeschool Family Dismissed

The Reynolds family* began homeschooling in the 2006-2007 school year because their daughter was not being treated well in the public school she was attending. As a courtesy, Mrs. Reynolds told her daughter’s school that they would be homeschooling.

However, on September 14, 2006, the family was surprised to receive a summons to appear in court the very next day. The summons was vague and Mrs. Reynolds had to call the court to discover why she was being summoned. When she called, she found out that she was being charged with truancy.

Home School Legal Defense Association Attorney Chris Klicka talked with Mrs. Reynolds about her day in court and prepared her to explain that she had curriculum and was educating her daughter. Klicka also wrote to the magistrate to explain the legality of Mrs. Reynolds homeschool and of homeschooling in general in the state of Texas.

Nonetheless, when Mrs. Reynolds appeared before the judge with her 7-year-old, the judge said that the child had been a chronic truant the year before, when she was only 6 years old. However, these issues had been worked out between the family and the school.

After much discussion, the judge indicated that the Reynolds family needed to have their attorney present.

Tom Sanders, HSLDA's Texas attorney, then worked with the district attorney over a period of several months. Finally, on February 6, Tom Sanders received a letter stating that all charges against the Reynolds family were being dropped by the municipal court. We are thankful for the dismissal and that the Reynolds’s family homeschool continues to progress.

* Name changed to protect family’s privacy.