A Virginia school district is being taken to court over its effort to define what qualifications a parent must have to homeschool.
Kristen and Kirk Sosebee met all of the state requirements to homeschool without providing a birth certificate and utility bill, according to Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) attorney Peter Kamakawiwoole. But he says they did not provide documentation that is not required in the state regulation.
"If you take a look at the homeschool law, it's very clear that what the board has been telling the Sosbees they have to do, and other families in the division what they have to do, it's telling them to do things not required by law," Kamakawiwoole tells OneNewsNow.
So HSLDA is appealing to the Supreme Court of Virginia, asking them to declare that this particular policy is unlawful.
"The reason we did that is because the school board has threatened to prosecute the Sosbees if they don't comply with the policy, if they don't supply this information, even though the Sosebees have provided everything that the statute tells them they have to do," the HSLDA staff attorney reports.
He says school lawyers have even threatened to take the Sosebees to family court and charge them with child abuse or neglect if they do not comply.