When a Kansas City family pulled their son out of a public elementary school to homeschool him, the local school referred them to the district attorney’s office for truancy. A homeschool advocacy organization intervened, and the school was forced to back down and apologize.

In Kansas, as in several other states, families must register their homes as “private schools” to homeschool their children. The family followed the law exactly, naming and registering their school and notifying their son’s elementary school in February that he would be withdrawing.

But a few months later, in May, the school sent the family a letter notifying them that a social worker would be contacting them about the county truancy program.

“In August,” the letter read, “our truancy social worker will contact you to discuss the requirements of the truancy diversion program. You child will be expected to respond to her contact in August.”

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