Legal Issues & Concerns
is legal in all 50 of the United States and many countries abroad.
When reviewing any law, remember that amendments can be made and
wording can be altered to affect the homeschooling community.
As a home educator, it is essential that you remain vigilant and
knowledgeable about the regional laws that affect homeschooling
in your area.
Help - The Organizations That Can Help You
You are encouraged to gather accurate information, assess your individual
needs and suits your family's situation. The link below gives you access
to a page that houses links to the homeschooling laws in the United
States and Canada:
Rules and Laws
Most states in the United States have laws regulating the attendance
of school aged children at the public schools. Typically the laws that
dictate the rules for homeschooling are found nearby or around these
rules in your state codified laws. The other place to check is in the
"Administrative Rules" for your state. Typically codified
law is written by state agencies. Statements written by state agencies
which have the effect of law are called administrative rules. By their
very nature, administrative rules have a direct effect on YOUR life
and homeschool. A third place to read about how government officials
may view your homeschooling activities is at the Department of Children
and Family Services Services for your area.
the laws and regulations with other homeschoolers who live in your state.
Your best resource are those already homeschooling, they will be knowledgeable
about homeschooling in your community.
Sadly, this too is an aspect of homeschooling. If you are the parent
promoting homeschooling for your gifted student, arm yourself with information,
facts and the laws in your state. Remember that what happens in your
case can effect other homeschooling families especially if you agree
to requirements from the ex and the courts that are over and above what
the local laws require. In my opinion, if you were successfully homeschooling
before you considered divorce, chances are good that you’ll more
than likely be able to continue after the divorce; the courts generally
do not like to disrupt the lives of the children. It is a good idea
to keep excellent records if you are involved in a divorce, keep a journal,
photograph projects and trips. Make both of these priorities as they
may play into a court’s decision in the homeschooling issues.