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December 17, 2012


Scott Woodruff answers questions and assists members with legal issues in Iowa. He and his wife homeschooled their children. Read more >>

What’s the Race of Your Kids?

The Nevada, Iowa, school superintendent sent a letter to Home School Legal Defense Association member family A.S. (and presumably others) asking them to fill out a “Home Schooling Checklist.” He said the school system would then “acknowledge the home schooling application.” The checklist asked the family to identify the race of their children because of “new state ethnicity requirements.” It asked for other information not required by law.

The A.S. family showed the letter to HSLDA Senior Counsel Scott Woodruff. He wrote a letter to the superintendent explaining that homeschool families are not required to identify the race of their children, or complete any of the information on the checklist.

The superintendent promptly wrote back and acknowledged that he would no longer ask homeschoolers to submit the checklist unless they plan to be involved in a school program.