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District Threatens Truancy Actions over Unnecessary Forms
After withdrawing their children from public school in February, a Home School Legal Defense Association member family in Kent County sent the school, as a courtesy, a letter stating that they would be home educating their children under Michigan Compiled Laws Annotated § 380.1561(3)(f).
A short time later, the family received a packet from their local public school district containing two items that concerned them. First, there was a letter stating that in order to avoid “the possibility of your child being considered truant from school,” the family must declare their homeschool status each year. Second, the school had sent a “Declaration of Home Schooling” form for the family to complete.
The family contacted HSLDA for assistance. Our legal staff explained that the forms requested by the school district were unnecessary and that the public school was overstepping its bounds by threatening legal action. HSLDA Senior Counsel Christopher Klicka drafted a letter informing the school that the family had already fulfilled the home education laws of the state and was under no further obligation to the public school.
The family has not heard from the school since.
— by Christopher J. Klicka