September 3, 2003

Paperwork Piles up on Wyoming Homeschoolers

Wyoming has one of the nation's better home school laws, but some officials have turned this simple law into an opportunity for piles of paperwork. HSLDA member families around Wyoming have notified us of their district policy and paperwork. These range from letters that demand signatures on "homeschool participation forms," (in Laramie County) to districts that use HSLDA's own copyrighted form (Teton County).

In general, we suggest that HSLDA members use the form that HSLDA has prepared. This is carefully designed to provide only that information required by law. While families are free to submit the information required by Wyoming law in any format they choose, the widespread use of the HSLDA form guarantees that school districts understand what the "bare minimum" of information really is. That helps everybody else recognize when a school district is asking for more than the law requires.

We encourage all Wyoming homeschoolers to work closely with state and local support groups this fall, as freedom-loving families brace for the threat of new legislation. Please take this opportunity to find your state senator and representative (use the HSLDA legislative toolbox), and look for opportunities to make contact with your local elected representatives while the legislature is out of session. Each face to face meeting that Wyoming homeschoolers can have this fall with the people who serve in Cheyenne will make it easier to communicate our message next January. By working hard and working together, Wyoming homeschoolers can preserve their liberties.