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'Rising Star' Principal Demands Notice
At the end of January, 2006, just one month after beginning to homeschool, the Dickison family was contacted by the principal of the Rising Star Independent School District on the family's unlisted phone number. The principal said she had learned the family was homeschooling and that they would have to put the children back in public school unless she received a formal letter offering proof they were homeschooling.
Home School Legal Defense Association Senior Counsel Christopher J. Klicka immediately sent a letter to the principal informing her that homeschooling families in Texas are not required to provide notice of homeschooling to public school officials. The information the school demanded was not within their authority to require. Klicka told the school that repeatedly contacting the family or demanding unauthorized information would be a clear violation of the Dickisons' civil rights.
Since receiving the letter from Klicka, the Dickisons have not had further contact from the principal and are continuing to homeschool.