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Vol. XXV
No. 6
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November/December
2009

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INDIANA

District Demands Illegal Forms

At the start of this school year, several families in Warrick County received a packet of forms and memos from the county director of curriculum and instruction. In a cover letter, the families were told that they had to fill out and return to the public school two forms, as well as register with the Indiana Department of Education.*

The forms, entitled “Intent to Provide Instruction at Home” and “Home Study Plan,” were accompanied by two memos inaccurately describing Indiana state law.

After receiving a copy of this packet from concerned Home School Legal Defense Association member families in the district, HSLDA Staff Attorney Thomas Schmidt contacted the person responsible. Schmidt informed the director of curriculum and instruction that neither of the forms, which requested information about the curriculum and instruction, could legally be required from homeschooling families. In fact, Indiana Code § 20-33-2-12 states that “[a home] school … is not bound by any requirements … with regard to [the] curriculum or the content of educational programs offered by the [public] school.”

In addition, Schmidt pointed out that both memos either cited repealed sections of state law or misstated what the law does require. Ending the letter, Schmidt requested that the school district immediately stop attempting to require illegal forms and sending out false information. The school district responded promptly and corrected the inaccurate information in their packet to homeschool parents.

— by Thomas J. Schmidt

* See “A plethora of forms”