June 19, 2001

The Clinging Tentacles of Public Education

Home School Legal Defense Association was able to assist a New Mexico family who experienced difficulty in withdrawing their special education student from public school.

The S family recently decided to home school their daughter, who was enrolled in public school and receiving special education services. They notified the school of their intent and prepared to begin teaching their daughter at home.

Within less than a week, the family received a letter from the school district, advising them of their legal rights. It appeared to the family that the district was also mandating a meeting to discuss their daughter's continued access to special education services, which they had no interest in receiving.

HSLDA immediately called the school district to clarify that no such meeting was required under state or federal law. The district agreed, and the family has had no further contact with school officials.