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Mom Gets Teacher Materials

by Scott Woodruff • October 5, 2018

A New Jersey homeschool mom sought to buy teacher materials from publisher McGraw-Hill for a math program, but a representative told her she must submit a letter from the public school on official letterhead verifying that her child is being homeschooled.

This was a troubling demand since New Jersey law does not require homeschool families to have any contact with public school officials. Occasionally, New Jersey public school officials become very aggressive when they discover a homeschool family in their district.

After the mom asked HSLDA for help, I wrote a letter to the representative. I explained that while the family was in full compliance with New Jersey law, public school officials have no authority to verify that a child is being homeschooled, nor do families file the pointless paperwork imposed in some state. I encouraged the company to treat homeschool families in a fair and appropriate manner, including allowing them reasonable access to teacher materials.

A few days later, McGraw-Hill gave the mom access to the materials she desired to buy.

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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