January 25, 2002

Once Again, a Pennsylvania District Ignores the Rules

Pennsylvania home schoolers are not only plagued with one of the worst home school laws in the country, but they routinely have to deal with school districts that try to impose more restrictions than the law allows.

Recently, a Home School Legal Defense Association member family in the William Penn School District decided to withdraw their daughter from public school in the middle of the year. State law allows such changes, as long as parents file a notarized affidavit before beginning their home school program.

However, a William Penn official flatly denied that this option was legal and told our member family that the district did not accept any home school "applications" after August 1 of each year.

When the family called HSLDA for advice, we informed them that they could withdraw their daughter and begin home schooling immediately. We then contacted the official, making it clear that her unlawful statements to our member family could lead to legal action against the school if she tried to enforce them.

This year, Keystone State home schoolers may have opportunity to improve the existing law. HSLDA urges all Pennsylvania home educators to work together to bring more freedom to the state where the Declaration of Independence was created.