Family Law Prof Blog

Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Couple Challenges New Rule for Families that Homeschool in Franklin County, VA

From The Martinsville Bulletin:

A Franklin County couple has filed a complaint against the local school board challenging its authority to ask for documents beyond what the state requires of families that wish to home-school their children.

Kirk and Kristen Sosebee, represented by an attorney with the Home School Legal Defense Association, filed the complaint for declaratory judgment and injunctive relief in Franklin County Circuit Court in May. It argues that a policy adopted by the Franklin County School Board “alters state law by adding to the requirements of the home instruction statute.”

The Code of Virginia requires that parents who intend to home-school their children notify the division superintendent each year by Aug. 15. They must also provide a description of the curriculum and evidence of having met one of four criteria for providing home instruction.

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