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March 11, 2003.

Mrs. B v. Community Services Agency
Homeschooling family discriminated against by state agency

Filed: August 26, 2002.

Nature of Case: Mrs. B homeschools her daughter Sara who is in high school. In July 2002, she received a letter from the Community Services Agency stating that her welfare benefits were being reduced because Sara was not attending high school. Sara, who is 17, is enrolled in a private school established by her parents in compliance with California law. Home School Legal Defense Association filed an appeal of this discriminatory action on August 23, 2002

Ruling: The administrative law judge held that the Agency had violated California law because it reduced Mrs. B's benefits without first having a written policy regarding what constitutes attendance at school.

Status: Won.

Last Updated: March 11, 2003.