New Jersey
New Jersey

December 17, 2012

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

File “Application” to Homeschool or We’ll Prosecute You

HSLDA member D.C. wrote a letter to the Newark public school system informing them that he was withdrawing his son to homeschool him.

But a school representative called and told him he must have school system approval and asked him to come to a meeting the next day. With HSLDA’s guidance, D.C. declined the request for the meeting.

The school called a week later threatening him with truancy and saying “you can’t just let the school know you are withdrawing—you have to go to the district and submit an application.” At our suggestion, D.C. asked the representative to put the request in writing. She refused.

HSLDA Senior Counsel Scott A. Woodruff followed up and wrote a letter to the Newark school representative explaining that the family was in full compliance with the law and did not need to do anything else. The family has heard nothing from the school since then.