Home School Legal Defense Association defended home school families' right to privacy in Oklahoma this month when the Alva Independent School District (ISD) attempted to create a list of local home schooling families.
Oklahoma law does not require home schoolers to notify the local school district that their children are being home schooled, much less require the department of education to compel school districts to collect a list of home schoolers.
On July 31, the Mannford Eagle printed an article that included the following shocking statement:
Parents must contact the school if they choose to educate their children at home. There is a homeschool form that must be signed by parents that states they are taking responsibility for their child's schooling.
Technically, (just as with credit cards, and other documents issued by any agency that holds the power to terminate your credit line, membership, etc.) they belong to the issuing association.
Just as any issuing agency that holds the power to grant privileges, or revoke privileges to such documents the same agency holds the authority and right to stipulate the use of such documents.
Documents may be used as specified by your home school association. Most commonly they are for obtaining discounts on educational materials. Members can utilize them in the local community for obtaining special teacher and homeschooling discounts offered in bookstores, on field trips, and other educational opportunities.
No, only your association has the right and authority to determine the use of documents they issue.
Then you must use your discretion, making sure to protect your right to privacy.
Technically no. However if your membership has been terminated by either you or your association, and you use any document provided by that association in any way, you can be held legally liable.
Most commonly these documents have been provided to you so that you may use them to obtain discounts offered to home schools on educational materials, and activities.
CHASE SC in 1996 issued to all members membership certificates and membership cards, at the request of many homeschoolers who wished to receive homeschooling discounts at various stores.
Again it was in 1996, when homeschoolers asked for them to obtain discounts.
No, you do not have to provide any association issued documents to anyone unless they have a court order that legally orders you to do so.
There is no known valid legal reason for anyone to collect copies of your paperwork. Nor is there any known valid legal reason for anyone to maintain such copies.
What evidence would you be left with if a school official takes your paperwork, and leaves your residence? Then sends a non school official (DSS or Police Officer) to your door, who refuses to call your association for verification of your legitimacy at time of contact. Although, you could easily be defended legally in any court action that may arise out of such contact, why would you place yourself in such a predicament? If you are not a member of HSLDA, can you afford an attorney that 'knows' SC homeschool law?
Under 59-65-47, your association is the only one required to provide any documentation to the local school district.
Under 59-65-47, you are not required to provide any documentation to a school official.
Furthermore, under 59-65-47, the only information that your association must provide to the local school district is the number of students in each grade level to their prospective school districts.
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