In this case, Donnelly advised the family to obtain a written narrative from a certified teacher and to gather other evidence of quality instruction. He then sent this information to the school district and explained why the district could not deny this family the right to homeschool.

Positive Outcome

Our member family was delighted and let us know that the school district promptly reversed its position.

“Today I have received a letter from the school board placing [their daughter] on the ‘active homeschool list’ … We are now two weeks in to our school year, and she is thriving,” wrote the mother in an email. “Thank you both so much for the time you invested and for the work that the HSLDA does every day to protect our freedoms.”

HSLDA is privileged to serve our members and defend homeschool freedom in situations like these where school districts overstep their bounds. We all know that freedom isn’t free. It requires constant vigilance and protection. That is what we at HSLDA provide to our many member families. If you or someone you know is not a member of HSLDA, will you consider taking a moment today to join or recommend us? Your support for our work enables us to defend individual families threatened by government officials and protect homeschooling freedom for all.

Courtesy HSLDA. Used with permission.

Staff Attorney Mike Donnelly answers questions and assists members regarding legal issues in West Virginia. He and his wife homeschool in the Mountain State.

Publication date: August 28, 2013