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  #1  
June 4th, 2009, 09:39 AM
Butter's Avatar Heather the Mama Duk
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After spending about an hour searching for the number to call to request the intent to homeschool form to be sent to me, it took another hour and 3 phone calls to get someone to agree to send it. The board of ed site for our county has nothing about homeschooling. The state site says to request the form from your home instruction unit. Less than helpful. I finally found the number on a homeschool support group site.

So I called and they said I'd need to call back in a half hour because the woman in charge was busy. I said I just want the form sent to me and the lady said I'd have to call back. Whatever.

I called back and was told AGAIN to call back later. I said I had already had to call back and I just want to give my address to get the form sent to me and the lady said she had no idea what to do about that.

So I call back and this person took my name and address and said she'd get the form sent right out. Finally. Success!

But how incredibly super inefficient. Rather than have the form downloadable to be sent in (and it HAS to be on this "official" form), you have to call and have it mailed to you and then you fill it in and mail it back in. Insane.

I was seriously thinking about flying under the radar if the third phone call didn't work and when they discovered I have school age kids telling them exactly why I chose to do it: the ineptness of their home instruction department. No wonder why my parents drove to the school board to get the form when I was homeschooled!
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June 4th, 2009, 12:00 PM
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I'd be feeling the same way, it is crazy that the website isn't user friendly with all the forms on it. You would think it would make it easier on them to offer it that way! Well I'm glad you got through and someone said they'd be sending you the form. I'd make a copy or two of it so you have it for next year! I hope you get it soon so you don't have to worry about it anymore!
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June 4th, 2009, 12:49 PM
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What a pain in the butt!! Both the system of having to request the form and the ineptitude of it.
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June 4th, 2009, 02:19 PM
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*thankful I live in Texas*
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June 4th, 2009, 02:24 PM
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*thankful I live in Texas*
I was thinking the same thing. I am not in Texas but Michigan laws are pretty easy too.

What a total pain in the butt.
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June 4th, 2009, 03:11 PM
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Crossing my fingers that they get the form out to you quickly. What a pain that must have been for you. You sure have more patience than I do, that's for sure. After the second call my voice would have been hitting the high notes.
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June 4th, 2009, 05:45 PM
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WOW, that stinks! You definitely have more patience than I do. I guess our laws are pretty easy too, but almost confusing because there are several options and with each option you go through a different group with different rules...sigh...
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June 4th, 2009, 09:40 PM
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Good grief! Glad it was all settled.
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June 5th, 2009, 01:32 AM
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Oh wow!!! I was going to suggest driving and collecting the form, LOL. It would have been quicker that way, I'm sure.

I'm not registered with the Dept of Education here either, its called "Lawful Non compliance" here, LOL. But I am a member of the Homeschooling legal fund in South Africa, so our rights are covered
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June 5th, 2009, 05:37 PM
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No wonder you homeschool! I wouldn't want those people responsible in any way for my kids education. :-) Glad it's all worked out now.
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June 5th, 2009, 07:04 PM
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My goodness! That's just crazy! Hopefully you'll get the form soon and won't have to deal with them anymore.
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June 5th, 2009, 09:41 PM
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With the games that they play, I will call them again to make sure they sent it.
Since she didn't know what you meant before.
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June 6th, 2009, 04:18 AM
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We can download our form at least. Our problem is they insist on a social worker visiting to make sure the childrne are not being abused, as they basically have this idea that home educted children are more likely to suffer child abuse. A premise I find highly insulting. I've considered flying under the radr too, but think I am most likely better off just trying to follow their rules and keep everything out in the open.
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June 6th, 2009, 11:03 AM
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Would you believe the packet arrived today? It's a whole bunch of stuff including the state law and frequently asked questions. And then the one page to fill out to send back in. I filled it out and will mail it back in August.

Of course the state law they have on there is wrong. It was updated in 2003 I think it was and they haven't updated their packet. Considering the change is annual notification instead of one time only, I think I prefer the way it is in their packet lol

I did appreciate their tips on assembling the portfolio that was included in the packet they sent.
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June 7th, 2009, 04:01 PM
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Well at least the packet got there quickly and it was helpful. I can't believe it got there so quickly after the trouble you had getting them to send it in the first place!
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June 7th, 2009, 09:29 PM
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Wow, that's crazy! I'm glad (and a little surprised) that you actually received it!
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June 8th, 2009, 05:48 AM
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That's just rediculous! And you would think that if homeschoolers are expected to notify them yearly, they could at least make sure they have their packet up to date yearly.
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June 8th, 2009, 06:35 AM
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Seriously. Especially since the law changed in *2003!*
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June 8th, 2009, 08:48 AM
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Wow! Glad I don't live in MD!
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June 8th, 2009, 02:20 PM
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I would add a note *This law changed in 2003! in red ink. How frustrating though. maybe they make it difficult hoping people will give up and send there kids to school.

We kind of fly under the radar. I have no idea if what we do is legal or not as I haven't seen anyone else who does what we do. I would love to know if there are others. We Belong to an international umbrella school overseas. According to the email when I pay and re-register (Just a couple of days ago) Sarah is a member of their school and we are both teachers of their school. So hopefully that makes her a 'privet school student' rather then a 'homeschooled one'. Not that I ever want this to be tested, so I kind of skirt the issue with people.
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