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Under the Radar?

Posted: Wed Feb 07, 2007 11:06 am
by Papillon Mom
Anyone just content to fly under the radar? What are your thoughts on just keeping fab records at home and never filing anywhere???
Thanks,
Amanda

Posted: Wed Feb 07, 2007 11:27 am
by iamnettie
In Missouri, were I live, you do not have to file anything ever and that is the way we do things. I keep records, because in Missouri it is required but my records are in my file cabinet and there they sit. In Missouri records are only needed if the county prosecuting attorney wants to see them, and home schoolers are the least of their concerns.

Posted: Wed Feb 07, 2007 11:47 am
by WAHMBrenda
Wow! Missouri must be a great place to homeschool. I wish we could do that but it doesn't happen that way here in PA. I won't push things either and fly under the radar so to speak because I'm afraid of what could happen if I did.

Posted: Wed Feb 07, 2007 12:08 pm
by Papillon Mom
We are in California. Does anyone know about not filing here?

Posted: Wed Feb 07, 2007 1:29 pm
by Calla_Dragon
I've flown "under the radar", so to speak, until now because my kids are not of compulsory age. I've been content to have stopped receiving communication and brochures from our school district. I intend to file according to state law when my son reaches compulsory age. I don't think it's worth it not to - flying under the radar can make it appear like you have something to hide and that can bring big trouble. As a homeschooler, I have nothing to hide. I am legally entitled to homeschool my child and I intend to take advantage of that. I will abide by the laws and give them what they're legally entitled to - no more and no less.

Posted: Wed Feb 07, 2007 5:36 pm
by elliemaejune
Calla_Dragon wrote:I've flown "under the radar", so to speak, until now because my kids are not of compulsory age.


If your dc are not compulsory school age, then you are not flying under the radar :-)

Posted: Wed Feb 07, 2007 5:44 pm
by elliemaejune
Papillon Mom wrote:We are in California. Does anyone know about not filing here?


This is JMHO.

Children in California must be enrolled in a private or public school, or tutored full time by a credentialed teacher.

If you file a private school affidavit and are challenged, you have a case. Your dc are enrolled in a private school, the one you informed the state of when you filed an affidavit.

If you do not file an affidavit and you are challenged, you don't have a case. By law your dc are truant, because they are not enrolled in a public or private school or tutored full-time by a credentialed teacher.

Now, some people do not file an affidavit because they have a strongly held religious belief that the government does not have the authority to require it, sort of a parents' right thing. They also do not get Social Security numbers for their dc or do other similar things. They are consistent in their belief. HSLDA has been known to defend people under these circumstances.

If you don't file an affidavit, IMHO you just look flakey.

Posted: Wed Feb 07, 2007 6:20 pm
by Calla_Dragon
elliemaejune wrote:
Calla_Dragon wrote:I've flown "under the radar", so to speak, until now because my kids are not of compulsory age.


If your dc are not compulsory school age, then you are not flying under the radar :-)


LOL so to speak. :P I had to withdraw my son from the district before he was compulsory age (out of special ed birth to 3 program) and got some flack from the school district and requests to return. :D

Posted: Thu Feb 08, 2007 9:10 am
by iamnettie
Here go to: http://www.hslda.org/hs/state/default.asp and you can click on your state and then click on laws and see what the laws are for your state.

Posted: Wed Mar 28, 2007 11:52 am
by MelN2LilMen
Well, we fly under the radar, but really in New Jersey there is no radar - no filing or notification laws at all.