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State of Texas v. Diana Billingslea

Filed: September 3, 1996, El Paso.

Nature of Case: On September 10, 1996, this single mother of a six-year-old was served with a summons to appear before the Justice of the Peace. Ms. Billingslea was charged with "thwarting the compulsory attendance act."

HSLDA explained to the school principal who initiated the charges that a home school is a private school in the State of Texas and the parent need only provide assurance that she has a written curriculum and that she is providing instruction in five required subjects. At the same time, Ms. Billingslea provided written assurance to the school district that she had a written curriculum and was providing education in the five required subjects. The superintendent dropped the case.