By Emerson Sandow

Suzanne Blake, the Pike County, Indiana, School Superintendent recently erroneously stated that homeschooling families had “to register with the state, to remain in compliance with the education attendance law.”

A homeschooling family who noticed this statement and knew it to be in error, notified the HSLDA Indiana branch and the homeschool legal defense organization sent Ms. Blake and the local newspaper that published her remarks, a letter informing them that the Indiana state law does not require parents to register their homeschooling plans nor their children, with the Indiana D.O.E.

Such reporting is completely voluntary, although one wonders why a homeschooling family would voluntarily participate in such a scheme!
This illustrates why homeschooling families in all 50 states need to be vigilant and ever-ready to jump on illegal and/or ill-informed interpretations of state laws regarding the freedom to homeschool. As they say, “Freedom ain’t free.”♦