HOMESCHOOL MOM SENTENCED TO 6 MONTHS IN JAIL FOR MINOR PAPERWORK MISTAKE

SCHOOL COLLEGE

[10/20/16]  An unidentified homeschool mother in Ohio faced up to 180 days in jail for not filing paperwork on time – even though she taught her child the entire time.

The mother’s problems began when she withdrew her child from public school in January 2015, the Homeschool Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) reported. The child thrived in the new environment, leading the mom to want to continue the homeschool path.

In May 2015, the school district sent the mom a letter notifying her about the upcoming annual notification process for the next school year – a process she knew little about. She phoned the school and was told she needed “to file a notice and an end-of-year assessment” but was told “there’s no deadline,” said HSLDA, which is representing the mom. She even was told by the school that many homeschoolers teach their children year-round – something that she decided to try that summer.

In September 2015 the mom was preparing to send in her paperwork when she got a notice telling her it actually was due on August 1, even though she had been told there was no deadline. Her child had been marked absent from school for six weeks. She hastily sent in the paperwork and the school district OK’d it, but the story turned into a nightmare when she received a summons to criminal court for charges of “contributing to the delinquency” of a minor. It mattered little that her child had scored in the 97th percentile on a standardized evaluation test.

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