January 7, 2002

Kansas Newspaper Letter Concerns Home Schoolers

Recently, the Hesston Record printed a letter from the local school board president containing numerous errors that could have confused people unfamiliar with the actual home school law in Kansas. For instance, he quoted David Cunningham, an attorney with the Kansas Association of School Boards, who erroneously maintains that home schooling does not meet the compulsory attendance requirements of Kansas. Based on this misstatement, the letter threatened to report all home schoolers as truant, while still paying lip service to parents' rights.

In response to this tangled misunderstanding of the law, Home School Legal Defense Association wrote the Record, explaining that Mr. Cunningham is incorrect in his interpretation of the compulsory attendance statute. We pointed out that although there are about 15,000 home schooled children in Kansas, the juvenile courts are not overwhelmed with truancy cases because most school districts correctly understand the law and ignore Mr. Cunningham's mistaken advice.

Any HSLDA members whose school district attempts to wrongfully report their children as truant should contact our office immediately for assistance.