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Enrolling in Driver’s Ed “A Snap” Thanks to HSLDA

by Scott Woodruff • February 12, 2019

A homeschool student living in the Des Moines area wanted to take driver’s education through his local public school system. But the school turned him away.

The school said only dual-enrolled students can take driver’s education, and since the student had not enrolled by the September 15 deadline, he could not participate.

The family asked Home School Legal Defense Association for help.

No Longer a Requirement

I analyzed the situation and realized that the school was unaware that the law had changed. Prior to 2013, dual enrollment would have been required. But among many other improvements, the 2013 reforms to the homeschool law eliminated that requirement.

I wrote a letter explaining this to the school staff person involved, quoting all the appropriate statutes and regulations. The school promptly reversed its position and allowed the student to move forward with participating.

The young man’s mom wrote back to us and said, “Wow! What a huge difference one letter from HSLDA can make! Everything turned right around, and dealing with them became a snap.”


Scott Woodruff

Senior Counsel

Scott is a seasoned attorney and homeschool advocate with decades of involvement in homeschool legal issues and cases. Read more.


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