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October 4, 2012

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

Principal Drops Request to Approve Family’s Curriculum

Home School Legal Defense Association member S.R. withdrew his kids from public school in Margate, NJ, and notified the staff. The principal called and asked to meet with the family to review their curriculum. The family declined the invitation.

But the principal was not pleased. He insisted on a meeting and quoted school policy 6172: “At the Board’s request, parents/guardians … shall submit adequate evidence that they are providing a curriculum that is equivalent to that provided by this district.”

S.R. asked HSLDA for help. HSLDA Senior Counsel Scott Woodruff emailed the principal the following statement posted on the New Jersey Department of Education’s website:

“The law does not require or authorize the local board of education to review and approve the curriculum or program of a child educated elsewhere than at school.”

The principal promptly acknowledged his error and withdrew his request to review the family’s curriculum.