You'd better. You'd better be realllllly nice to them and not anger them in any way. You are at their mercy, you know, if you want to homeschool.
HSLDA recently sent out an email to members to tell them of a distressing situation in which a family was called to the police station immediately to answer for the lack of school enrollment of their children. HSLDA further warns member families that it's somehow their job to educate everyone within their circle of influence about homeschooling (read: let yourself get grilled and make sure you look good and pass their test!).
Ok, so the mom gets the call. She freaks out. On her way to the police station, she speed dials the legal beagles and they settle it.
"The district said the contact with the family was initiated because of a
complaint from a neighbor, and that they have closed the matter," J. Michael Smith writes for HSLDA. "It’s
unfortunate that homeschoolers are at the mercy of their neighbors. It’s
important to establish good friendships with neighbors to educate them
about the benefits of homeschooling."
As for me, I feel pretty secure about my right to homeschool. I have my records up to date within about a week. I wouldn't intentionally anger my neighbours just because I have to live near them, but if they don't like it? Too stinkin' bad.
Easy for me to say, as I live in an area where my rights are pretty secure. I can afford to be cranky with concern trolls.