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November 8, 2016

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SCOTT WOODRUFF
Contact attorney for Maine

Pushy Counselor Silent When HSLDA Pushes Back

The parents of a homeschooled student who was enrolled in a public high school class received a letter from a school guidance counselor. The letter said it was “imperative” that the parents register their student for the SAT college aptitude test.

Somewhat surprised by this demand, the Midcoast-region family asked Home School Legal Defense Association for help.

HSLDA Senior Counsel Scott A. Woodruff sent a letter reminding the counselor that the student was homeschooled and was merely taking one public school class via dual enrollment. He asked the guidance counselor why registering for the SAT was imperative for the student and what state law made it so.

Even after a follow-up phone call requesting an answer, the guidance counselor never responded to Woodruff’s letter. We have not, however, heard of any other efforts to compel homeschooled students to take the SAT.