February 2, 2016
Parents Face Jail Time for Missing Deadline
Late Paperwork Equated to Creating Delinquents
Each summer, HSLDA fields hundreds of contacts from homeschooling families who are navigating their state’s notice requirements for the very first time. Even when a family may have missed a key filing deadline these situations can often be quickly corrected. And usually, if the family resolves the issue promptly, state officials rarely pursue further action—like criminal prosecution—against the parents.
Unless you happen to live in Ohio.
This past month, two Ohio families from two separate school districts contacted HSLDA after they were served with criminal complaints with similar facts.
And under the charges they face, these families could be fined tens of thousands of dollars and be sent to jail for more than a decade.
Both families were somewhat new to homeschooling in Ohio. One family filed a notice of intent when they began homeschooling last year, but did not know they had to file another notice for this school year. The other family filed their annual notice of intent, but did not submit an educational assessment with their notice because they had not yet completed it, and had been told by their school district that there was no deadline for submitting the assessment.
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