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January 8, 2013

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

HSLDA Clears Obstacle to Rodeo Participation

The D.W. family wanted their son to compete in the Missouri High School Rodeo, Junior High Division. The association, however, informed its members that homeschoolers must submit “certification from the Missouri Department of Education.”

The D.W. family asked HSLDA to help. HSLDA Senior Counsel Scott Woodruff wrote a letter to the association’s secretary explaining that in Missouri, homeschoolers have no contact with the local school system or the state Department of Education. He explained that no such thing exists as state “certification” of homeschooling.

The association quickly responded and cleared the way for the D.W.’s son to compete in rodeo events.

Tracking the problem to its source, Woodruff learned that the national rodeo association’s rules require a homeschooler to be “recognized and approved” by the state board of education. Woodruff has urged the association to change its official rules to drop the “recognized and approved” requirement.