Middletown Won’t Send Letter of Correction
by Scott Woodruff • October 16, 2018
Last spring, a Middletown family wrote and told local public school officials they were withdrawing their child in order to homeschool him. An assistant superintendent sent a woefully misguided letter in response.
It said the board of education had “approved” the family’s “request.” It also said that since the board only grants approval one year at a time, the family must submit another letter in the fall.
However, the family never submitted a request (only a withdrawal), and public schools have no power to approve a homeschool program at all—much less every year! Even the school board’s own detailed written homeschool policy (policy 9270) does not say families must submit a request.
I wrote to the official pointing out that her letter was at odds with state law and school board policy. I asked her to send a letter of correction to all families to whom she had sent a misguided letter.
The school system’s lawyer responded on her behalf but dodged the question of whether she had erred, and ignored my request for a letter of correction. The lawyer said only—rather vaguely—that she would “ensure” that the school system “continues to comply” with state law and school board policy.
Notwithstanding the vague reply, the official did not ask the family to submit another letter about their homeschooling plans this fall—nor any other Middletown family, so far as I know.