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Home Based Education Enrollment: Privacy by the Numbers

If you’re waiting for the October 15th deadline and haven’t filled out your HOMER yet, consider sharing less data when you complete your online tracking form.

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction collects data from your PI-1206 Enrollment Form.   Data is recorded and publicly available.

You can complete your form by using the option “ungraded” instead of providing a grade level.   You can use this option even if you use a curriculum based on individual grade levels.

The statutes do not require listing grade level of home educated students. 

By using the ungraded box, you retain the ability to educate your child at the levels – in each subject – that fit him or her on an individual basis.

The option to use curriculum that fits each individual child, is an important benefit to home education.  Homeschooling is not required to be “one-size-fits-all.”

MORE HERE: Wisconsin Homeschool Law

Grade 09-10 % of 09-10
Placement Enrollment Totals
(SOURCE)
1         1,409 7.4
2         1,335 7.0
3         1,322 6.9
4         1,365 7.2
5         1,326 7.0
6         1,343 7.1
7         1,367 7.2
8         1,232 6.5
Ungraded 1-8         2,555 13.4
Sub-totals 1-8        13,254 69.6
9         1,316 6.9
10         1,183 6.2
11         1,184 6.2
12            967 5.1
Ungraded 9-12         1,145 6.0
Sub-totals 9-12         5,795 30.4
TOTALS 19,049 100.0
Summary from 2008-09 to 2009-10
(SOURCE)
Students % change
Home-based decrease -309 -1.60%
Public decrease -2,324 -0.27%
Private decrease -3,988 -3.05%
Total decrease -6,621 -0.65%

Maybe I’m just thinking about privacy issues in light of recent Facebook changes.  Or maybe that The Wall Street Journal revealed yesterday that phone tracking devices are being used to gather data on individuals without warrant and sometimes without probable cause.  Or this from the New York Times today. Meh. You’ve nothing to worry about if you haven’t done anything wrong, right?

Ever wonder what the DPI does with the enrollment information collected?

US schoolkids are catalogued by the government.

In Wisconsin the DPI has been working on a data collection system to meet federal requirements.

The Coursework Completion System (CWCS) will collect data specific to all courses completed by all students, grades K3-12. This new data collection will facilitate the standardization of student coursework information across the state, provide data necessary to answer important questions at the local and state levels, and enable Wisconsin to meet federal requirements.

As recipients of federal State Fiscal Stabilization Funding in 2009, Wisconsin is required to capture this data along with 11 other elements of the America Competes Act. It is the intention of DPI to accomplish this in as positive and proactive manner as possible.
(SOURCE)

Individual privacy.  Think about it.

Hold Off A Little Bit Yet On Filing PI-1206

Home-Based Private Education (Home Schooling)  Reporting 2011-12

Whether you follow a typical school schedule, teach all-year ’round, or
unschool… It’s almost time to file the PI-1206 forms for home-based
private educational programs.

Here’s a link from Wisconsin Parents Association with recommendations about how and when to file, as well as detailed info that you should know about Wisconsin’s home education law.

Here
is the 2011-12 letter to parents and guardians with information about the electronic reporting process (HOMER).

Click here to complete the online Home-Based Private Educational Program form PI-1206 for the current school year.

The online PI-1206 form for the 2011-12 school year will be available August 15, 2011.

If you go to the online system today (August 12th), you will see this message:
Data entry for the upcoming school year 2011-2012 is not open yet.
NOTE: This report will open again on 8/15/2011 for the upcoming school year of 2011-2012.  Please check back at that time to enter data.
If you have questions about the HOMER system, please contact Diane Sullivan at (608) 267-9248, or send an email to Homeschooling@dpi.wi.gov.
Try Again

Since School Enrollment Records Day (the third Friday in September) is the benchmark for statewide public schools to file Wisconsin DPI Forms, it is suggested that you wait to file your PI-1206 Form until October 1st. The deadline for filing is October 15th.

Before you go online to the PI-1206 Homeschool Reporting (HOMER) system, here are a few tips to keep in mind:

1.      You want to provide the least amount of information as possible.  It is best to leave out private information not necessary per Wisconsin State Statutes.  

2.      It is not necessary to specify the grade level of your homeschooled children, you may use the “Ungraded” boxes.

3.      Names and ages of your homeschooled students are exempt from the information requirement.

4.      Don’t give your phone number as it undermines your family privacy.  Phone numbers are easily searched from a national database.

5.      Unless you want to take the chance of your email address being given out to a school district or a business (remember when DPI shared our postal addresses with the virtual charter schools a few years back?), DON’T use your email address as your “username.” You may make up any username you want instead of your email address.  Just be sure to write it down somewhere.

6.      Don’t file too early.  You have until October 15th.  We don’t want to trigger any changes in the current law.

7.      Review Wisconsin Parents Association’s recommendations of how to comply with the statutes without giving DPI more than they need.

8.      You can go back and change your online form if your status changes (ie: you stop homeschooling one of your children) at some time during the year.

See our Wisconsin Homeschool Law page for more information.

Know the law.

Blessings to you all as you teach your own!

How Much Is Too Much Information

The following is a bulletin from Home School Legal Defense League (HSLDA) reminding Wisconsin Homeschoolers that you are within your rights according to state statute to not reply to requests  from your local school district for “census” information.

According to HSLDA, North Lake Wisconsin had requested confidential information (name, phone, gender, birth date, grade, and handicapping conditions of the children) from homeschool families in their school district.  Such data is not required by Wisconsin law to be provided to a local school district.

North Lake is not alone in making a census request for private information.  In previous years, we have heard from families in Waukesha and Neenah that have received similar census information requests.  And there probably are others.  As homeschooling numbers increase, other districts will attempt to collect more information.   Although letters may imply that the census information is required before your homeschool application will be “approved,” this is not the case.

It is important for new homeschool families to remember it is only necessary to give a only the information that is required by law.  When you voluntarily provide more than the law requires, it becomes easier to require more information from everyone at some later point.  Also, all data submitted to a government agency or school district may become public information at any time.

We need to always be vigilant to keep our hard-fought Wisconsin homeschool laws from encroachment.  Know your rights as a homeschooler.

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From the HSLDA E-lert Service… Wisconsin: North Lake Seeks Confidential Information in School Census

Dear Wisconsin Members and Friends:

The North Lake School District recently sent a letter to families
asking for protected, confidential information.

There is no law that requires you to respond to this request at all.
Assuming you filed your DPI form in October, you have already provided
the government with virtually all the school census-type information
that it could legitimately collect.

Under Wisconsin statute 120.18(1), school districts are required to
attempt to collect only a very modest amount of census information
from citizens: ONLY the numbers and ages of persons between the ages
of 4 and 20. But North Lake went far beyond that. It requested name,
phone, gender, birth date, grade, and even “suspected handicapping
conditions” of the children!

If you choose to respond at all, consider supplying only the
information the law authorizes the school system to seek in the
census: the number of children age 4 and above living at your address
and their ages.

In general, it is best to give a government agency only the
information that is required under law. If families voluntarily give
information that is not required, it can pave the way for someone to
try to make it mandatory down the road. One of the best ways to
protect rights from encroachment is to exercise them.

Also keep in mind that all information you submit may be made
available to the public.

Sincerely,
Scott Woodruff
HSLDA Senior Counsel

http://www.hslda.org/elert/archive/2011/05/20110505162556.asp

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Driftless Homeschool Network

Driftless Homeschool refers to the geographical area of southwestern Wisconsin (not a type of group or trendy method of homeschooling).

The Driftless Homeschool area is loosely contained around the  Wisconsin River, trending up to La Crosse and the Mississippi River, crossing the Kickapoo River and setting up headquarters in Vernon County where the extraordinary rolling hills and deeply carved river valleys make for gorgeous scenery, iconic landscapes, organic farms, natural and artisan culture, and a most wonderous climate of people to live, grow, and educate the next crop of humanity.

The Driftless Homeschool Network exists to provide local information to homeschool families and will include events and activities in and around the five county area that encompass Tomah, Sparta, La Crosse, Coon Valley, Chaseburg, Wetsby, Cashton, Ontario, Hillsboro, La Farge, Viola, Viroqua, Soldiers Grove, Gays Mills, Richland Center.

We sift through lots of information from other list serves and put it all in one place for you to make your life easier.

  • Are you looking for what’s going on and people to connect with?
  • Do you want information available – and archived - online?
  • Do you want email updates sent to you (or not)?

Choose from one of the following options:

1)  Subscribe to our newsletter.  Free.  The newsletter is published semi-regularly using tinyletter/mailchimp.   Click here to subscribe. Only your email address is required.  You may unsubscribe at any time.

2)  Join our members only website.  Free.  The website is hosted on WordPress. Posts are archived online for you. You can choose to receive emails and may unsubscribe at any time. Membership requests should be forwarded to the website coordinator.  Please include references if possible and a short bio/summary with personal contact details in your request.

Driftless Homeschool Network – Letting you know about events, field trips, and lots of other stuff!


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The term “driftless” refers to the  lack of glacial drifting during the Pleistocene Epoch in a region that had many glacial episodes.

The Driftless Bio-Region covers parts of southern Minnesota and Wisconsin, Northwestern Illinois and Northeastern Iowa.
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NCFCA Qualifier ~Milwaukee

NCFCA Qualifier | Milwaukee WI | Feb 7-9, 2011 Tournament Information

Most of us are far from Milwaukee, but if you are interested in speech and debate, this would be worth a trip.

“Some of these competitors will knock your socks off!”

Maybe you have friends or relatives in the Milwaukee area who would love to hear our speakers and help them improve their skills. Feel free to forward this request…

Still need judges for the speech & debate tournament at State Fair Park at the Tommy Thompson Center.  The bulk of judges are needed Feb. 7th & 8th. Food provided.

Judge Registration

YOU Be the Judge

On Monday, February 7, 2011 nearly 250 homeschool teenagers, 250 parents and siblings, and 800 judges will gather at Tommy Thompson Center, State Fair Park, West Allis, Wisconsin, for an exciting three day speech and debate tournament. Sponsored by the National Christian Forensics and Communication Association (NCFCA), the Wisconsin tournament is one of five 2011 competitions in which homeschool teens from Wisconsin, Illinois, Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan, and Indiana qualify for the regional and national championships. Students compete in ten different speech events and two styles of debate events.

Because the league trains teenagers to communicate with people from all walks of life, we need judges from the community who may or may not have any experience judging speech or debate. Although we also use NCFCA alumni and parents to judge, we depend on the community judge to evaluate the students from a fresh, “every-man” perspective.

No Experience Is Required

Because the NCFCA is the third largest speech and debate league in the country and has such great student participation, we are faced with the monumental task of finding over 800 judges to evaluate our competitors. We need you! While you are with us, we will teach you exactly how to judge competitive speech and debate, feed you delicious refreshments in the judge’s hospitality room, and inspire you with the amazing depth and skill of our homeschool teenagers! Your time commitment will be anywhere from two and half to three hours.

State Fair Park is located at 640 S. 84th Street in West Allis. Please follow the judge parking signs to the Tommy Thompson Center where you will be greeted and informed where you need to go from there.

More Info

Have we been let down by the DPI?

HSLDA feels that the DPI has let Wisconsin Homeschoolers down by not changing their new online form.

Mailing Address, Gender, and School District are all being asked this year on the form.

With the paper version you can scratch out the “illegal” requests for information.  With the online form, you have little choice but to answer.  The electronic system won’t allow you to continue without filling in gender and school district.

While the DPI will allow you to request a paper form, you have to request it in writing — which if you haven’t done, you are out of time to do so now.  You are in luck if you are an HSLDA member and want to send a paper form.  HSLDA has modified last year’s DPI form so it can be used this year.  Go to the “members only” section of the HSLDA website, download and print the modified form, and submit it as usual.

DPI has capitulated and you should be able to enter a PO Box for a mailing address on the online form.

The forms are due by October 15, whether submitted by mail or online.

Wisconsin statutory language concerning filing PI-1206.

Why does this information matter to the DPI?

Wisconsin requires that public schools record enrollment on the third Friday in September.  These “third Friday” numbers then are used to calculate state aid and the amount each district can levy under state revenue caps.

The total student population in the region showed a modest rise of 76 this fall, from 35,998 to 36,074.  Source: LaCrosse Tribune

So, how are homeschoolers numbers of interest? 

Well, that just might be a whole other kettle of fish…

Previous posts regarding this topic:

Here’s the new part.

The Wisconsin DPI has been asking for gender and school district on the paper form for years.  It is not legally required for homeschools to provide that information.  Therefore, individuals could in the past merely not answer that portion and still be in accordance with completing the paper form.

While in the past, the DPI asked – and probably received the information on gender and school district,  they have now raised the standard by requiring the answer.

How that will impact future home education law is an interesting idea over which each of us may be concerned.

One final thought.

You did remember when you filled out your form that email addresses are not required and that you can choose ungraded for the grade levels, right?

WI DPI HOMER – step by step walk through of the electronic filing system

School Enrollment Records Day (the third Friday in September) has passed and the deadline for filing Wisconsin DPI Form PI-1206 is October 15th.

Before you go online to the PI-1206 Homeschool Reporting (HOMER) system, scroll down through this post.  We have links to the statutes, a few tips, and have copied the screen pages directly from the Wisconsin DPI website.

Download our PDF PI-1206 Copy of Electronic Form 2013-14 

First, here are a few tips to keep in mind:

1.      You want to provide the least amount of information as possible.  Know the law.

2.      It is not necessary to specify the grade level of your homeschooled children, you may use the “Ungraded” boxes.

3.      Names and ages of your homeschooled students are exempt from the information requirement.

4.      Don’t give your phone number as it undermines your family privacy.  Phone numbers are easily searched from a national database.

5.      Unless you want to take the chance of your email address being given out to a school district or a business (remember when DPI shared our postal addresses with the virtual charter schools a few years back?), DON’T use your email address as your “username.” You may make up any username you want instead of your email address.  Just be sure to write it down somewhere.

6.      Don’t file too early.  You have until October 15th.  We don’t want to trigger any changes in the current law.

7.      Review Wisconsin Parents Association’s recommendations of how to comply with the statutes without giving DPI more than they need.

8.      You can go back and change your online form if your status changes (ie: you stop homeschooling one of your children) at some time during the year.

 

*** To go directly to the Wisconsin State Dept. of Instruction website and complete your PI-1206, go here: https://www2.dpi.state.wi.us/HomeSchoolParent/(S(szp5y555q2vdhp553tjhrk55))/Login/Login.aspx

Know the law.

  • Section 115.001(3g): “Home-based private educational program” means a program of educational instruction provided to a child by the child’s parent or guardian or by a person designated by the parent or guardian. An instructional program provided to more than one family unit does not constitute a home-based private educational program.
  • Section 118.15(4): Instruction in a home-based private educational program that meets all of the criteria under s. 118.165(1) may be substituted for attendance at a public or private school.
  • Section 115.30(3): The administrator of each home-based private educational program shall indicate in his or her report whether the system or program meets all of the criteria under s. 118.165(1).
  • Section 118.165(1):
    (a) The primary purpose of the program is to provide private or religious-based education.
    (b) The program is privately controlled.
    (c) The program provides at least 875 hours of instruction each school year.
    (d) The program provides a sequentially progressive curriculum of fundamental instruction in reading, language arts, mathematics, social studies, science and health. This subsection does not require the program to include in its curriculum any concept, topic, or practice in conflict with the program’s religious doctrines or to exclude from its curriculum any concept, topic, or practice consistent with the program’s religious doctrines.
    (e) The program is not operated or instituted for the purpose of avoiding or circumventing the compulsory school attendance requirement under s. 118.15(1)(a)

HERE is a step-by-step walk through of the electronic system. We have copied and pasted the screen pages directly from the DPI website as a way for you to familiarize yourself with the process.  Some of the text links will take you right to the DPI site. We tried to keep the formatting stable,  but some of the copied and pasted boxes may show up a little weird.

To start, each screen page has a box to click if you need to contact the DPI:

Need Help?
Contact Us

PI-1206 Homeschool Report (HOMER) 2010-2011

Welcome! Now accepting data for school year 2010-2011.

Introduction

Welcome to the DPI’s new electronic filing of Form PI-1206 for the Home-Based Private Educational Program (commonly referred to as homeschooling). This new way of filing the form will REPLACE the old carbonless 3-ply paper form used in the past and allow for you, the parents, and district staff to access the information as soon as it is submitted online. You can immediately print out your confirmation copy and keep it on file in your home. You will no longer have to write and request a copy from the DPI. However, if you do have questions, contact information is included on each page of the form.

We hope you find this new way of reporting homeschool enrollment much more efficient, easier and more cost effective than the paper format. Thank you for visiting this site.

How to Report Homeschooling Enrollment

Before getting started, we recommend reading the information found in the navigation bar at the left of this page.

Once your information has been submitted, you will be able to return to this website and make changes to your electronic form, so please be sure to write down the ID and password that you use.

Step 1: Sign In

Sign in to HOMER
Email or ID:
Password: Forgot your password?
New to HOMER?
If this is your first time at this web site since August 1, 2010, you will need to set up an ID and password of your choosing.The Department of Public Instruction believes using a valid email address as your ID in the system is the best choice for your ID. If you do not have an email address, you may choose your own ID and password, but you will not receive email notifications about your data’s status.

Privacy Policy: This information is collected solely for the use of this application and will include: sending forgotten passwords and a final confirmation email that your data has been successfully received. It will be shared only with your resident school district(s), but it will not be shared with any other application either inside or outside the Department of Public Instruction.

Review Sign-In Data

Please review your sign-in data. If all is correct, click on Continue to enter the application.

Email or ID: ID entered on sign-in Change Email or ID
First Parent Name: Name entered on sign-in Change Parent Names
Second Parent Name:
(optional)
Change Password

Enter Parent / Guardian Contact Information

Mailing Address: * Required
City: * Required
State: * Required * Use all capital letters – e.g. WI
Zip: * Required * Invalid Zip

Street address is the same as mailing address

Street Address:
City:
State:
Zip:

If your mailing address is a post office box, please also indicate your street address. This information is used by the school district to verify residency. If your address is not located within the school district where your child lives, indicating the child’s address in addition to your address will assist the school district in verifying residency.

Review Parent/Guardian Contact Information

Parent/Guardian
review name entered
Mailing Address
review address entered
Street Address

Click the Back button below to correct data ~ otherwise, click Continue to proceed to the next step.

EnrollmentNext to each grade below, please enter the number of children who will be taught at home in that grade.Do not include children in Kindergarten or pre-school.You may use the “Ungraded” boxes for children with special needs or those students who may be working at multiple grade levels.* Must enter data in at least one category

Male
Ungraded
Ungraded, approx grade 1-8:
Ungraded, approx grade 9-12:
Graded
1st Grade:
2nd Grade:
3rd Grade:
4th Grade:
5th Grade:
6th Grade:
7th Grade:
8th Grade:
9th Grade:
10th Grade:
11th Grade:
12th Grade:
Female
Ungraded
Ungraded, approx grade 1-8:
Ungraded, approx grade 9-12:
Graded
1st Grade:
2nd Grade:
3rd Grade:
4th Grade:
5th Grade:
6th Grade:
7th Grade:
8th Grade:
9th Grade:
10th Grade:
11th Grade:
12th Grade:

PI-1206 Homeschool Report (HOMER) 2010-2011

Find Your School District(s)

You have indicated that X child is being homeschooled in grades 1 through 8.
You have indicated that X children are being homeschooled in grades 9 through 12.
Combined, you have X child being homeschooled.

Please select the school district(s) that you live in:

(NOTE: There is a drop-down box to make selections.
If you are unsure the screen says for you to call your town clerk or city hall to determine your correct school district.  School district is very important information for the DPI records.  Your information will be placed in the DPI database for school districts to access.)

Select… Abbotsford Adams-Friendship Area Albany Algoma Alma Alma Center Almond-Bancroft Altoona Amery Antigo Appleton Area Arcadia Argyle Ashland Ashwaubenon Athens Auburndale Augusta Baldwin-Woodville Area Bangor Baraboo Barneveld Barron Area Bayfield Beaver Dam Beecher-Dunbar-Pembine Belleville Belmont Community Beloit Beloit Turner Benton Berlin Area Birchwood Black Hawk Black River Falls Blair-Taylor Bloomer Bonduel Boscobel Area Bowler Boyceville Community Brillion Brodhead Brown Deer Bruce Burlington Area Butternut Cadott Community Cambria-Friesland Cambridge Cameron Campbellsport Cashton Cassville Cedar Grove-Belgium Area Cedarburg Chequamegon Chetek Chilton Chippewa Falls Area Clayton Clear Lake Clinton Community Clintonville Cochrane-Fountain City Colby Coleman Colfax Columbus Cornell Crandon Crivitz Cuba City Cudahy Cumberland D C Everest Area Darlington Community De Forest Area De Pere (East) De Soto Area Deerfield Community Delavan-Darien Denmark Dodgeland Dodgeville Drummond Area Durand East Troy Community Eau Claire Area Edgar Edgerton Elcho Eleva-Strum Elk Mound Area Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah Elkhorn Area Ellsworth Community Elmbrook Elmwood Evansville Community Fall Creek Fall River Fennimore Community Flambeau Florence Fond du Lac Fort Atkinson Franklin Public Frederic Freedom Area Galesville-Ettrick-Trempealeau Germantown Gibraltar Area Gillett Gilman Gilmanton Glenwood City Goodman-Armstrong Grafton Granton Area Grantsburg Green Bay Area Green Lake Greendale Greenfield Greenwood Gresham Hamilton Hayward Community Highland Hilbert Hillsboro Holmen Horicon Hortonville Howard-Suamico Howards Grove Hudson Hurley Hustisford Independence Iola-Scandinavia Iowa-Grant Ithaca Janesville Jefferson Johnson Creek Juda Kaukauna Area Kenosha Kettle Moraine Kewaskum Kewaunee Kickapoo Area Kiel Area Kimberly Area Kohler La Crosse La Farge Ladysmith-Hawkins Lake Holcombe Lake Mills Area Lancaster Community Laona Lena Little Chute Area Lodi Lomira Loyal Luck Luxemburg-Casco Madison Metropolitan Manawa Manitowoc Maple Marathon City Marinette Marion Markesan Marshall Marshfield Mauston Mayville McFarland Medford Area Mellen Melrose-Mindoro Menasha Menominee Indian Menomonee Falls Menomonie Area Mequon-Thiensville Mercer Merrill Area Middleton-Cross Plains Milton Milwaukee Mineral Point Mishicot Mondovi Monona Grove Monroe Montello Monticello Mosinee Mount Horeb Area Mukwonago Muskego-Norway Necedah Area Neenah Neillsville Nekoosa New Auburn New Berlin New Glarus New Holstein New Lisbon New London New Richmond Niagara Norris North Crawford North Fond du Lac Northern Ozaukee Northland Pines Northwood Norwalk-Ontario-Wilton Oak Creek-Franklin Oakfield Oconomowoc Area Oconto Oconto Falls Omro Onalaska Oostburg Oregon Osceola Oshkosh Area Osseo-Fairchild Owen-Withee Palmyra-Eagle Area Pardeeville Area Parkview Pecatonica Area Pepin Area Peshtigo Pewaukee Phelps Phillips Pittsville Platteville Plum City Plymouth Port Edwards Port Washington-Saukville Portage Community Potosi Poynette Prairie Farm Prairie du Chien Area Prentice Prescott Princeton Pulaski Community Racine Randolph Random Lake Reedsburg Reedsville Rhinelander Rib Lake Rice Lake Area Richland Rio Community Ripon Area River Falls River Ridge River Valley Riverdale Rosendale-Brandon Rosholt Royall Saint Croix Central Saint Croix Falls Saint Francis Sauk Prairie Seneca Sevastopol Seymour Community Shawano Sheboygan Area Sheboygan Falls Shell Lake Shiocton Shorewood Shullsburg Siren Slinger Solon Springs Somerset South Milwaukee South Shore Southern Door County Southwestern Wisconsin Sparta Area Spencer Spooner Area Spring Valley Stanley-Boyd Area Stevens Point Area Stockbridge Stoughton Area Stratford Sturgeon Bay Sun Prairie Area Superior Suring Thorp Three Lakes Tigerton Tomah Area Tomahawk Tomorrow River Tri-County Area Turtle Lake Two Rivers Unity Valders Area Verona Area Viroqua Area Wabeno Area Washburn Washington Waterloo Watertown Waukesha Waunakee Community Waupaca Waupun Wausau Wausaukee Wautoma Area Wauwatosa Wauzeka-Steuben Webster West Allis West Bend West De Pere West Salem Westby Area Westfield Weston Weyauwega-Fremont Weyerhaeuser Area White Lake Whitefish Bay Whitehall Whitewater Whitnall Wild Rose Williams Bay Winneconne Community Winter Wisconsin Dells Wisconsin Heights Wisconsin Rapids Wittenberg-Birnamwood Wonewoc-Union Center Wrightstown Community

BE  AWARE that school district boundaries are not the same as town, village, city or county boundaries.  If you are unsure of the school district in which your home is or will be located, DO NOT GUESS.  To find out the school district in which a property is located, contact the municipal clerk (e.g. city hall), then confirm with a phone call to the school district.

CAUTION: Be careful when choosing a school district from the drop-down list.  Many school districts have similar names and this has been a cause of many errors.  To get a phone number for a school district to confirm that your home is located within it, go to http://dpi.wi.gov/schlsrch3.aspx.

The school district(s) is where the student actually lives, not the last school your child attended.  In some cases, this may be different from your address.  If your child has been attending school in another school district through the open enrollment program, please indicate the school district where your child lives, not the school district to which your child was open enrolled.  If you are not sure of the name of the school district, the principal of the public school nearest to your, or your child’s, home should be able to assist you.  Your school district is based on the address where you will be living on September 17, 2010.

PI-1206 Homeschool Report (HOMER) 2010-2011

Review and Sign Your Report

One last step and you will have completed the PI-1206 Homeschool Report process.

Enrollment Data

You have reported a total of X child.

XXXXX Area School District
Grade Male Female Total
Ungraded 1-8 0 0 0
K-8 0 0 0

Affirmation

By checking this box, I agree that the home-based private education program meets all of the following criteria:

Section 115.001(3g): “Home-based private educational program” means a program of educational instruction provided to a child by the child’s parent or guardian or by a person designated by the parent or guardian. An instructional program provided to more than one family unit does not constitute a home-based private educational program.

Section 118.15(4): Instruction in a home-based private educational program that meets all of the criteria under s. 118.165(1) may be substituted for attendance at a public or private school.

Section 115.30(3): The administrator of each home-based private educational program shall indicate in his or her report whether the system or program meets all of the criteria under s. 118.165(1).

Section 118.165(1):
(a) The primary purpose of the program is to provide private or religious-based education.
(b) The program is privately controlled.
(c) The program provides at least 875 hours of instruction each school year.
(d) The program provides a sequentially progressive curriculum of fundamental instruction in reading, language arts, mathematics, social studies, science and health. This subsection does not require the program to include in its curriculum any concept, topic, or practice in conflict with the program’s religious doctrines or to exclude from its curriculum any concept, topic, or practice consistent with the program’s religious doctrines.
(e) The program is not operated or instituted for the purpose of avoiding or circumventing the compulsory school attendance requirement under s. 118.15(1)(a).

* Please read the above statement and check the box if you agree. If you do not agree, you cannot continue.

(NOTE: When you click on the box “Submit Enrollment Data,” you will see a page that says, “Congratulations! Your PI-1206 Homeschool Report has been successfully received.  What To Do Next.”
Click on “Print a copy of your Homeschool Report data.”
Note that in the upper right hand corner of the form you printed, it says, “To the Parent: Your PI-1206 Homeschool Report has been submitted and received by the DPI. Your confirmation number is 000.” This statement is the equivalent of a letter of acknowledgement from the DPI and is what you will need for proof that you submitted your form. )

Department of Public Instruction
125 S. Webster Street
P.O. Box 7841
Madison, WI53707-7841
(800) 441-4563

A word about paper forms:

You may contact the DPI to file a paper version of the PI-1206.

HOWEVER, it is important to know that ALL information will be placed in DPI’s database regardless of whether you have filed on paper or electronically.

DPI’s electronic database is available for all schools to use.  Therefore, filing your information on a paper form will not protect your information in their electronic database.

A final note about record-keeping:

Near the bottom of the form it says, “Recommendations: It is recommended that a copy of the following be maintained in your home if you are homeschooling children:

  • A school calendar verifying a minimum of 875 hours of instruction.
  • Course outlines verifying that there exists a sequentially progressive curriculum of fundamental instruction.”

Remember, the DPI does NOT have the authority to require that you keep either a school calendar or course outlines.  Additionally, local school district officials do NOT have the authority to ask you for them.

If an official asks to see your school calendar or course outlines, politely respond that they do not have the authority to make such a request.

That being said, school attendance is compulsory in Wisconsin, and officials do have the authority to ask to see your attendance records.

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WPA and HSLDA on DPI form change – A Must Read

Wisconsin Parents Association (WPA) and Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) are getting involved in the legal debate over the new electronic filing requirement by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI).

HSLDA Senior Counsel, Scott A. Woodruff, wrote:

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:
The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction has announced that they will no longer mail blank enrollment forms to homeschool families, but will make the form accessible for filling in online.

I have asked Merry Larsen at the DPI to make several changes.

First, I have asked her to make sure that families can obtain a copy
of the paper form conveniently if they want it. Some families don’t
have computers. Others may object to using the online process out of
concerns for privacy, since reports of hackers breaking into
supposedly secure databases are all too frequent.

Second, I have asked her to change the form to stop asking for
enrollment by each individual grade. The statute only requires that
enrollment be broken down by elementary and high school.

Third, I have asked her to remove the request for the gender of the
children. The law does not require families to identify the gender of
enrolled children.

Finally, I have asked her to modify the form so it is clear that a
family who supplies a post office box for an address is not required
to supply a street address in addition.

The deadline for filing the form is October 15. Hopefully that will
allow enough time for the kinks to be worked out.
Sincerely,
Scott A. Woodruff
HSLDA Senior Counsel

To which, homeschoolers requested that WPA respond to HSLDA:

Subject: PI-1206: Problems with HSLDA’s Requests and What You Can Do Instead

Dear WPA Members and Other Homeschoolers,

Homeschoolers have asked WPA to respond to an email sent on September 1. 2010, by Scott Woodruff of Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) outlining 4 changes he has asked the DPI to make in the new electronic PI-1206 form. WPA does not agree with HSLDA’s request. However, WPA has other concerns about the new form and important suggestions for what you can do to protect homeschooling freedoms and your family’s privacy.

Why WPA Does Not Agree With HSLDA’s Requests

HSLDA’s 4 requests are inappropriate and undermine our homeschooling
freedoms and family privacy.

1)Woodruff asked the DPI “to make sure that families can obtain a copy of the paper form conveniently if they want it.” This request is basically reasonable. In fact, in May, WPA urged the DPI to do so, and they said they would. WPA reported this on page 12 of Newsletter #104, June 2010. In addition, WPA has informed homeschoolers that they can use any computer, including a friend’s or their local public library’s. They do not need an email account. Because information from paper forms will be entered into the DPI’s database, filing a paper form does not protect data from hackers.

2)Woodruff asked the DPI “to stop asking for enrollment by each individual grade.” Woodruff writes, “The statute only requires that enrollment be broken down by elementary and high school.” This is a questionable paraphrase of Wisconsin statute 115.30 (3), which covers “Forms and reports” and states, “a statement of the enrollment on the 3rd Friday of September in the elementary and high school grades.” It should be noted that in 1984, homeschoolers working
through WPA succeeded in having “Ungraded 1-8 and 9-12” included on the form. These categories can be used by anyone who does not want to list specific grades for any reason, including privacy, children working on different grade levels in different subjects, etc.

3) Woodruff asked the DPI “to remove the request for the gender of the children.” WPA’s goal has always been for homeschoolers to provide the DPI with the least amount of information possible under the law. In 1984, homeschoolers working through WPA convinced legislators to exempt homeschoolers from the requirement that they report their children’s names and ages. For 27 years, the DPI and local school districts have accepted only gender and grade level (or ungraded) both on PI-1206 forms and for the school census. If homeschoolers now request that their children’s genders and grades not be required, the DPI and/or the Legislature might respond by increasing reporting requirements instead. Why would we want to trigger this since we have such a reasonable law that has worked so well for so many years?

4)Woodruff asked the DPI “to modify the form so it is clear that a family who supplies a post office box for an address is not required to supply a street address in addition.” Because school district boundaries are sometimes irregular, street addresses are used to identify the school district in which
homeschoolers live, information that is needed to enforce the compulsory school attendance law that applies to all children, including homeschoolers.

Important note:The same HSLDA lawyer recently requested that the DPI change the wording of its response to one of the questions about homeschooling on its Web site. The resulting change is worse for Wisconsin homeschoolers and threatens our freedoms. For details, see page 6 of WPA Newsletter #105, September 2010.

What You Can Do About Real Concerns About the New Form, Homeschooling Freedoms, and Privacy

WPA has raised with the DPI serious concerns about the impact of the
new electronic version of the form, the Web site on which it is posted, the process by which homeschoolers file it, and how local school officials might misuse homeschoolers’ personal information. (WPA’s concerns are very different from HSLDA’s.) It is not clear how the DPI will respond. Therefore, we need to be prepared to act appropriately by refusing to give them information not required by law.

Here’s what you can do. For more information, see the WPA Web site at http://homeschooling-wpa.org/getting-started/#file.

• File form PI-1205 after the third Friday in September (September 17 this year) and by October 15 (unless your child is currently formally enrolled in a public school or a private school that is not a homeschool. If they are enrolled, you need to file the form before you begin homeschooling.)

• When filing your PI-1206 form, don’t use your email address as your ID. (If the DPI Web site still says, “We strongly encourage you to use your email address as your ID,” ignore this suggestion.) Instead, where the DPI Web site says, “Required: Email / ID,” use your name or a combination of letters and/or numbers that you choose. omeschoolers who use their email address may receive emails from their local school districts and others. To solve this problem, WPA has asked that the DPI remove the suggestion that parents use their email address as their ID. If the DPI does not remove it, WPA has asked that the DPI
not provide email addresses to local school districts.

• Don’t give the DPI your phone number(s). There is no good reason for the DPI to request them, and they haven’t done so in the past. Because an enormous amount of information is available to anyone who has your phone number, giving it to the DPI undermines your family privacy. Also, some local school districts may use these phone numbers to contact homeschoolers.

• Don’t give the DPI or your local school district any other information not required by law. Know your rights and don’t respond to surveys or questionnaires your school district may send you.

• Don’t trust information from the DPI, including what is posted on the Web site that has the new electronic version of the form. Much of this information is misleading and/or inaccurate. See the WPA Web site and “For Information, Trust WPA and Beware of the DPI” on page 10 of Newsletter #105.

• Our freedoms and our privacy are much more secure when we know how to protect our freedoms in spite of the policies and procedures of the DPI and local school districts. We will be in a much weaker position if we try to rely on outside experts instead of taking responsibility ourselves. Many states (such as NY, NH, and PA) that relied on outside experts have ended up with restrictive homeschooling laws as a result.

• Forward this email and share this information with other homeschoolers, including members of your support group.

Thank you,
The WPA Board
Wisconsin Parents Association
http://www.homeschooling-wpa.org

I’m not a lawyer, and don’t play one on television. Read the statutes for yourself. Data collection over the internet issues notwithstanding, privacy is still afforded under the statutes. Although they may ask for more — you only need to provide certain pieces of information. Let’s protect our freedoms in the face of this change. Take responsibility. Know the law. You can find it all online or in the library. What an opportunity for learning!

Wisconsin Home Schooling – know the law

Have you wondered why the Department of Public Instruction requires a form to be each year?

Pasted below is the Wisconsin statutory language concerning filing PI-1206. (To find it yourself go to http://nxt.legis.state.wi.us/nxt/gateway.dll?f=templates&fn=default.htm&d=stats&jd=115.30%20%283%29)

115.30(1)
(1) The department shall prepare for the use of school officers suitable forms for making reports, and suitable outlines as aids in conducting school meetings. With the exception of changes due to statute or rule revision, the department shall give school districts a one-year advance notice of any changes to be made to the forms and reports. School district officers and employees shall maintain a uniform recording of accounting as prescribed by the department and make such reports to the department as will enable it to distribute state school fund appropriations and state educational appropriations to the schools and persons entitled thereto, and to properly discharge the other duties of the department.

115.30(2)
(2) The department may require all school boards to report to it, on forms provided, the name of the school and its location, the name and address of the teachers, the number of months of school maintained during the year, the opening and closing dates, the names and ages of all pupils enrolled between the ages of 6 and 18, the names and post-office addresses and places of residence of the parents of such pupils, the number of the school district and the distance such pupils reside from the schoolhouse, the number of days each pupil was present during each month and any other information requested by it.

115.30(3)
(3) On or before each October 15, each administrator of a public or private school system or a home-based private educational program shall submit, on forms provided by the department, a statement of the enrollment on the 3rd Friday of September in the elementary and high school grades under his or her jurisdiction to the department which shall prepare such reports as will enable the public and private schools and home-based private educational programs to make projections regarding school buildings, teacher supply and funds required. The administrator of each private school system and home-based private educational program shall indicate in his or her report whether the system or program meets all of the criteria under s. 118.165 (1).

Basically, the State of Wisconsin Legislature lists in the statutes the reports that the State Superintendent of Schools is to file.

Home-Based Education falls under Private Instruction, where the filing of the DPI form applies…

From the DPI Questions and Responses Relating to Home-Based Private Educational Programs, 2009-2010 School Year:

“Wisconsin Statute 118.15(4), states that “instruction in a home-based private educational program that meets all of the criteria under s. 118.165(1) may be substituted for attendance at a public or private school.” Section 118.165(1), Wis. Stats., requires that a program of at least 875 hours of instruction be provided each school year. In addition, the educational program must provide a sequentially progressive curriculum of fundamental instruction in six subject areas (reading, language arts, mathematics, social studies, science and health). It is your responsibility to ensure that these requirements are met. The DPI recommends that you maintain in the home a school calendar verifying the minimum of 875 hours of instruction and course outlines verifying that there exists a sequentially progressive curriculum of fundamental instruction, as well as a copy of your printed, submitted electronic PI-1206 form.”

Home-based and public school enrollment by SCHOOL DISTRICT is available on a year-by-year basis. Due to student privacy law, the enrollment for school districts having 5 or less home-based students has been changed to an asterisk. Here’s the data available online for 2008-2009 from the DPI website.

You may access the DPI statistical compilation of Enrollment Trends where the comparison of enrollment in the home-based private educational programs and public and private school enrollment is available in a multi-year listing for the years 1984-85 to 2008-09.

DPI Form Update: Electronic Filing Is Ready

It’s ready for you to have a look…

Home-Based Private Education Program (Home Schooling)

BEGINNING SEPTEMBER 1, 2010 CLICK https://www2.dpi.state.wi.us/HomeSchoolParent TO BEGIN ENTERING YOUR INFORMATION INTO THE NEW ONLINE HOME BASED PRIVATE EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM FORM PI-1206.

Remember that WPA suggests that you file after Oct. 1st since the public schools don’t have to file until after the 3rd week in September.

Here are some other key points.