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• The North Dakota Supreme Court ruled that two parents who had educated their children at home were properly convicted for violating the state compulsory education law. The parents had failed to apply for a timely exemption from the compulsory education law, which generally requires parents to send their children to a public school or approved private school unless they obtain an exemption permitting them to educate their children at home. The court also rejected the parents' claim that the state compulsory education law was unconstitutional "because the teacher certification requirement for religious schools is not the least restrictive alternative to achieving the state's interest in providing adequate education for children." The court noted that "this issue has been resolved by this court in prior decisions contrary to the [parents'] position. We decline [their] invitation to overturn ...

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  • September 1, 1989

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