Ann: A week after writer/homeschooler Cynthia Walker writes an article (above) about how to homeschool in California using a private school or the R-4 affidavit, attendance officer Frank Valadez comes out with an intimidating letter to the editor, below.
Home school students must comply
Letter to the Editor, Friday, May 27, 2005
Ann: Valadez uses legalistic and intimidating terminology like "must comply," "request an exemption," "approval," "attendance officer will authorize," "if the request for exemption cannot be approved," — well, you get the idea. He wants homeschoolers to think they need his office’s approval.
Plain and simple, Valadez is trying to scare homeschoolers. Before marching up to the Attendance Officer to "request an exemption" though, or marching into an attorney’s office to pony up some bucks for a saber-proof shield, Gilroy homeschoolers need to do their homework.
Yeah, California law is confusing but it is not that hard to figure out, especially when veteran homeschoolers have laid out explanations in simple straightforward terms that even I can understand.
CHN’s (California Homeschool Network) Common Misinformation Promulgated by Public School Officials
California homeschoolers need not be bullied into thinking they need permission to homeschool. The law, while vague, is still on the homeschoolers’ side.
Is there someone in California letting Valadez know the score?