The national organization, Home School Legal Defense League, states that the Wisconsin Department of Instruction is threatening our freedom in forcing the electronic statement of enrollment. HSLDA suggests we mail in a paper form instead.
The statewide organization, Wisconsin Parents Association urges us to file electronically and not provide children’s names, birth dates, Social Security numbers, etc. (which are not legally required as part of your statement of enrollment.) WPA opines that if many file with an old paper form that this may put the current hard-fought home-education laws in jeopardy.
HSLDA says you have to use the old paper form so you don’t give out more information than is necessary.
WPA says sending out the paper form may cause trouble if too many do it.
Maybe I’m missing something here…
The electronic HOMER form requires the following:
Your first and last name
Your mailing address
An identification name and password for you to sign in to their system
Number of Male and Female Students in which grade category
You may choose “Ungraded”
Your school district
Your Affirmation that the data you have given is correct
If you read the WPA Handbook it will help you understand and appreciate the hard work that has been done (and continues) on behalf of homeschoolers in Wisconsin. Everyone says we have great homeschooling freedom in Wisconsin, perhaps WPA knows how hard it is to keep freedom and that is why they are encouraging us not to make waves.
For all of us homeschooling in Wisconsin, you want to provide the least amount of information as possible.
Your phone number and email address, and the names, grade levels, and ages of your homeschooled students are exempt from the information requirement.
The electronic form allows for you to skip that information.
HOWEVER, the gender and school district are not part of the required information and the electronic form may not allow you to skip that information (edited to include missing detail from a previous post and the comment from HSLDA below):
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.
“That was quite true then, and it is just as true now. However, you can’t omit that information when using the current electronic form. That’s why some homeschoolers might want to use the paper form instead.” Peter La Rock
If you read the Wisconsin statutes you can get easily confused. Laws are very complex. Even the best lawyers cannot know all the laws. (Seriously, a lawyer friend once told me this.)
When do you stand and when do you blindly follow along with “whatever.”
What will you do?
Inquiring minds want to know…
Living in fear is not freedom.
Know what you need to know to keep homeschooling freedom safe.
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