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Wisconsin Spring Primary 2017: DPI Superintendent Race

Wisconsin voters will go to the polls Tuesday, February 21st, 2017 to choose which two candidates will compete for the top post at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction in the general election on April 4th.

Voter turnout is expected to be low, because it’s a “Primary” and this is the only race on the ballot in many townships – – so your vote has more weight.

Incumbent Tony Evers, seeking a third term, is being challenged by two longtime educators: Lowell Holtz, a former teacher, principal and superintendent; John Humphries, a former administrator turned consultant; and Rick Melcher, a Racine math teacher running as a write-in candidate.

The position of State Superintendent is a four-year term and will put one of them in charge of the all Wisconsin school districts including the potential to diminish local control of school boards in five of the largest school districts.

Here’s some information about the candidates for Wisconsin DPI State Superintendent and specifically regarding homeschooling…

From the Wisconsin Family Council: Race for Wisconsin State Superintendent of Public Instruction is Critical.

From the La Crosse Tribune: Public versus private: Evers faces Humphries, Holtz for state superintendent, Three challenge Tony Evers for the state’s top schools post.

From the Wisconsin State Journal: State superintendent candidates call each other liars,
State superintendent candidate: Challenger offered 6-figure job to drop out of race.


From Stop Common Core in Wisconsin: Recommendations for DPI Primary


In as much as every child learns differently, every child deserves an educational option that works best for them. Parents who wish to remain in control of their child’s education need a strong advocate for educational freedom. If you choose homeschooling as the best option, you should
look for the public instruction superintendent to be supportive of that choice.

Decisions made now effect everyone’s future.


More on the candidates:

 

Filing your PI-1206…

Don’t forget, the DPI Form PI-1206 needs to be filed online by October 15th.  Wisconsin Parents Association has information as does Home School Legal Defense and this page.

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.

Pi-1206 To File Online or Not Online: What will you do?

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

More information on Wisconsin Homeschool Law

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.

Any comments from the teeming millions visiting this site?

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!

Wisconsin virtual school open enrollment for 2011-12

Wisconsin offers resident students from Kindergarten through high school, the opportunity to take online public school courses tuition-free.

Under the full-time public school open enrollment program, parents must apply during the Feb. 7-25 application period to the school district they wish their child to attend. This includes options for virtual (online) public schooling.   Parents are notified by April 8 whether their application is approved.

If you are interested in virtual programs or schools, you must opt in between February 7-25 at 4pm for the 2011-2012 school year.
Apply online on Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction open enrollment website.

The application is available from midnight February 7th to 4:00 p.m. February 25th. Early and late applications are not accepted.
Additional information on open enrollment is available from the DPI. Paper applications can be obtained from the DPI or any public school district.

The timeline for open enrollment is currently three weeks. However, legislation is being proposed to expand the open enrollment timelines.

When choosing an online public school, look for an established program that is regionally accredited and has a track record of success. Be wary of new schools that are disorganized, are unaccredited, or have been the subject of public scrutiny. For more suggestions on evaluating virtual schools see: How to Choose an Online High School.

List of Wisconsin “Online Programs” and “Virtual Schools.”

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?
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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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Changes in DPI Reporting for 2010

Link to original post

Most home-based education (homeschool) families have heard that the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction is changing to an electronic filing system beginning September 2010.

However, as of now, the DPI website has not been updated with the new information. And if you call the DPI, you will get a recorded message alerting you to the change but not much more information.

Fortunately, Wisconsin Parents Assocation has the skinny with some key points to keep in mind before you file, including:

WPA is reminding us to WAIT until the third Friday in September.
WPA is encouraging you NOT to use your email address when filling out the form.
WPA strongly recommends that you do NOT provide your phone number — it is not required.
For accurate information about homeschooling and Wisconsin’s homeschooling law, do not contact the DPI, contact WPA.

Read the complete information from WPA explaining the specific steps for filing the form.

New Electronic Online Form PI-1206

WPA has been informed by the DPI that in order to save money, the DPI will be switching from paper PI-1206 forms to an electronic version that homeschoolers file online beginning this August with forms for the 2010-2011 school year. This change requires new procedures and raises concerns about protecting homeschoolers’ privacy. The WPA Board has discussed the issues involved, and a WPA representative has gathered the following information from the DPI.

People who submitted a form for 2009-2010 will be notified by letter that they are to submit the form electronically this October. These letters will probably be mailed in mid-August. As in the past, it will be important not to submit your form until early October. As the WPA handbook explains on page 27, “WPA encourages you not to file the form before October for two reasons. First, public and other private schools in Wisconsin base their reports on enrollment as of the third Friday in September and file their forms on October 15. Since homeschools are private schools, we follow this requirement. Doing so reminds school officials that we are sending the form to report enrollment. Second, complying with more than the minimum requirement of the law (in this case, sending in the form before public schools open in the fall or at some other time before it is due) encourages public officials to increase requirements and exceed their legal authority.”

Homeschoolers will complete their forms electronically, providing the same information that has been required in the past. Once you have completed the form online, there will be a button to click to send it to the DPI. You can also print out your completed form as a PDF. This copy will be the equivalent of the pink carbon copy of the three-part paper form used until now and is an important part of your homeschooling records.

However, having a printed copy of your form does not prove you submitted it to the DPI. Therefore, WPA has requested that people who submit the form receive an official letter of acknowledgement from the DPI stating that their form has been received. This letter of acknowledgement proves that you have submitted the report of your homeschool and is also an important part of your homeschooling records.

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