My lovely wife tipped me off to an item in Sunday’s St. Louis Post-Dispatch that offers “help” to homeschooling parents.  Since there is no link at STLToday, I will include the relevant portion of the announcement:


Birth Certificates and home-school help:


The St. Louis City Recorder of Deeds and Vital Records Registrar reminds parents of schoolchildren that the St. Louis City Hall offers Missouri Birth Certificate copy service and home-school declaration filings.
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Parents who home-school children should file Home School Declarations with their County Recorder of Deeds or school district.


I hope most Missouri parents who homeschool realize that there is absolutely no requirement that you register in any form or fashion with the recorder of deeds or the school district.  The relevant Missouri statute, 167.042 RSMo., allows for optional registration.  This announcement from the City Recorder of Deeds, that parents “should” file such declarations, amounts to an encouragement to go on record with the government, exceeding the requirements of the law.  

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