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Government willing to use 'force' on homeschool kids


German education officials say they are willing to use "force" as their options dwindle in a years-long fight against a homeschooling family, according to a report today from the Home School Legal Defense Association.

Jurgen Dudek

Jurgen and Rosemarie Dudek have been homeschooling their children in Germany for more than a decade, and for a good portion of that time have been battling in court with the government and its attempt to enforce a Nazi-era law requiring public school attendance.

The couple was sentenced to prison but but won an appeal and now is appealing a fine.

But the HSLDA, which has been active in supporting the family's homeschool efforts, reported today that a letter to the family threatens the use of force.

The letter to the parents from Hesse Regional School Office Director Anita Hoffman said the state may remedy its war against the family with a decision to "take custody of the children from the parents" or to "transport the children to school by force."


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