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September 11, 2006

HSLDA Responds to Hostile Article

The online version of the Evansville Courier and Press published an opinion article September 6 suggesting that homeschooling should be a topic in the election for school board. The article evinced a hostile attitude toward the most successful form of education in America.

Here is part of Home School Legal Defense Association attorney Scott Woodruff’s letter to the editor in response:

“Dear Editor:

The candidates for school board should be questioned hard on how they plan to run the public schools. But since the board does not control homeschooling, candidates’ attitudes toward homeschooling are not relevant, contrary to what Kelley Coures has written.

The simple fact is that no one running for school board would have any authority to implement any of his suggestions. Policy toward homeschooling is set at the state level, not the school board level.* Homeschooling is therefore not a legitimate school board election topic. ...

The school board members should be elected based on how they plan to use taxpayers’ money on behalf of parents who have chosen to trust their children's education to the public school system—not on their attitude toward students who are not in the system.”

Kelley Coures’ article was garnished with rehashed sensational stories in which the press had connected negative events with homeschooling.

He suggested draconian and unnecessary regulations on homeschoolers: twice-yearly mandatory testing, mandatory enrollment in public schools for low-testing students, mandated curriculum content, physical exams to be filed with public schools, homeschool teacher qualifications, and social worker visits for all homeschoolers “throughout the year.”

This is a bracing reminder that the price of freedom is eternal vigilance. Home School Legal Defense Association will vigorously defend the freedom to homeschool against the attacks of Kelley Coures and his ideological partners.

Thank you for being a member of HSLDA and helping us have the resources to continue the work to protect your freedoms.

* Furthermore, local school board involvement in administering the state’s homeschool policy is limited to authority to request a record of attendance and certain truancy enforcement responsibilities.