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This year, home school statutes or regulations were adopted in Arkansas, Florida, New Mexico, Oregon, Tennessee, Washington, and Wyoming.
(Non-HSLDA cases are marked with an “ * ”)

January — Kansas: A Kansas state court dismissed all charges against Kim and Constance Jost, who had been criminally charged with truancy for operating their home school as a private school. The court ruled that the law was somewhat vague, but that the Josts had a legitimate school.

February 18 — Texas: Three of five families from Katy, Texas, were found guilty of violating the compulsory attendance law. Several days later, the fourth family was found guilty. However, all these cases were put on hold due to the pending Leeper case, and the fifth family was victorious in May.

March 12 — Texas: Leeper, et al v. Texas Education Agency, et al was filed, suing the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and the state’s 1,060 school districts in response to the continued violation of home schoolers’ civil rights. Fort Worth attorney Shelby Sharpe handled the case. HSLDA joined as a plaintiff.*

April 23 — Michigan: Warrants for the arrests of Mark and Chris DeJonge, charged with criminal truancy for home schooling without a certified teacher, were issued. Attorney David Kallman was retained to assist with their case.

May 7 — North Carolina: In Delconte v. North Carolina, the North Carolina Supreme Court unanimously ended prosecution of home schoolers by holding that home schools qualify as private schools under the law and thus fulfill the compulsory attendance law.*

Now read about the year 1986.