Even though they'd filled out the necessary paperwork, parents who wanted to pull their daughter out of public school to homeschool her were harassed by public school officials.
When a northern New Jersey mom and dad completed that paperwork, the school asked what homeschool program they would be using. The parents had not yet chosen the curriculum they'd be using – so when informed of that, a public school official told the parents "no one withdraws to homeschool in this district."
School officials then demanded that they be able to review the curriculum. Scott Woodruff, senior counsel with the Home School Legal Defense Association, tells OneNewsNow that request wasn't lawful.
"They kind of intended to give the family a hard time, and they proceeded to do so even after the family filled out the withdrawal papers as requested – and even after a social worker came by and cleared the family," the attorney explains.
Still, the school persisted, threatening the parents with a truancy prosecution unless they provided details of the homeschool program. Woodruff says that's when HSLDA got involved.
"After I reviewed the situation, I realized that probably just giving the school system a little bit of information about the program would extinguish the court threat," he states. "So, in consultation with the family, I sent this school some very basic information about the program and that put out the fire."
HSLDA also fed back to the school the following statement taken directly from the state's own department of education concerning homeschooling: "The law does not require or authorize the local board of education to review and approve the curriculum or program of a child educated elsewhere than at school."
Woodruff says the family has heard nothing further from the school.
Editor's note: The student pictured above is not the student described in the story. It is a stock photo.