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School Board Threatens Family over Birth Certificate Demand

by Scott Woodruff • June 13, 2018

The Franklin County School Board recently adopted a policy that forbids parents from providing home instruction unless they submit their children’s birth certificates, as well as documents to prove the family resides in the county.

When a school representative demanded those documents from the Sosebee family, the Sosebees asked Home School Legal Defense Association for help.

I told the school representative that Virginia law does not empower school boards to insist that families submit those documents. The school board refused to budge. In fact, they pushed even further and threatened the family with enforcement action if they did not submit to the unlawful demands.

Members of HSLDA, the Sosebees authorized us to file a lawsuit on their behalf. HSLDA attorney Peter Kamakawiwoole filed a petition asking the court to declare that Franklin’s policy is unlawful.

With the deadline for filing the annual notice of intent approaching in August, we will be moving aggressively to get the judge to take quick action—unless the school commits to suspending its policy.


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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