The names of 12 Boise home-schooling families who failed to file lesson plans with the School District are on their way to the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare.
With the mailing, the Boise School District has done everything it can to ensure that the home-schooled students are receiving an education comparable to that offered in Idaho public schools, said Jack Craven, Boise curriculum director."We have no interest in pursuing it beyond this point," Craven said. "As we understand the (state) code, whatever actions will be taken in this matter will be taken by other agencies."
Idaho's compulsory attendance law requires all children ages 7 to 16 "to be instructed in subjects commonly and usually taught in the public schools."
Health and Welfare spokeswoman Mary Keltz said the cases might fall under "educational neglect" provisions of her department's child-protection statutes.
Health and Welfare has handled only a few educational-neglect cases in the past.
In November, Boise home-schoolers declared a victory in what they said had been a long feud with the district. At that time, a juvenile court judge dismissed a case against the children of two Boise families who had failed to file lesson plans.
Also, the Ada County prosecutor's office informed district officials that if they wanted to seek further legal action, they would have to do more than prove that a home-schooler had failed to return the district's lesson plans.
Of 83 Boise School District families known to home-school their children this year, all but 23 have filed plans, Craven said.