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Florida Homeschoolers Targeted in ‘Operation Round Up’

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Jackson County School Board logoby T.J. Schmidt, HSLDA

Homeschooling families in Jackson County were probably a little shocked last month to hear that their children would be considered fair game for a countywide truancy initiative called “Operation Round Up.”

A member family contacted HSLDA after watching a local television news report about the initiative, featuring an interview with the Jackson County School Board’s director of student services. During the interview, the director encouraged local citizens to contact her if they suspected that a student in the community was truant.

Surprisingly, the director mentioned homeschooling families: “[Homeschooling families are] not set on a particular schedule, so sometimes the community will see them around town, and they think, ‘Hey, they aren’t being educated.’ Sometimes the community is right.”

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