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Court Threat Averted

by Scott Woodruff • September 18, 2018

A New Jersey public school district in the greater New York City area received a report that a child had not been attending school for several years. The school superintendent assigned a staff member to get involved and tell the child’s parents that if they did not give the school the child’s name and birth date, the period of time they intended to homeschool, and their instructional plans and curriculum, that the district would proceed against the family in court.

Members of HSLDA, the family asked for our help.

I wrote a letter to the superintendent stating that the child was being lawfully homeschooled. I also explained relevant aspects of New Jersey law, including the fact that homeschool families have no duty to give their local public school their instructional plans and curriculum or identify how long they intend to homeschool.

The family heard nothing further from anyone in the school system.


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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