Was idea of homeschool audits an issue of lost funding?

Monday, June 13, 2016
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Bob Kellogg (OneNewsNow.com)

books with moneyWhen a Kentucky school district bandied about the idea of doing random audits of area homeschool families, the Home School Legal Defense Association took action.

Those audits were the subject of discussion last month at a Clinton County school board meeting. The director of pupil personnel (DPP), Dr. Julie York, claimed the audits were meant to "ensure all children ... are getting a rigorous and effective education." According to a local newspaper report, the county has "about 85 homeschooled students representing about 55 families."

HSLDA attorney TJ Schmidt believes Clinton County probably considered the audits because the district could lose an estimated $300,000 to $400,000 due to the growing number of homeschoolers in the area.

Schmidt

"There is some language that would give the local DPP some ability to check up on a private school," the attorney tells OneNewsNow. "But in our opinion there's no authority for that DPP to get into the home or just simply demand access to records at any time."

After learning of the idea of audits, Schmidt informed York no audit should be performed unless there's evidence showing parents are not educating their children. He believes the school district will just let the idea of random audits die.

"Most of the time it's not uncommon for them not to send out an apology or anything of that nature. They just simply cease this proposed action," he explains. "And that's what we expect will happen in Clinton County."

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