Quick Guide to Homeschool Laws

Quick Guide to Homeschool Laws

So, you have finally made the decision to homeschool. Well, the first place to start is finding out the homeschool laws that apply to your state. Laws for each state will be different. Don’t think that just because you know the laws for your friend’s state that you’re all good. Nope. You need to do the research yourself. Even if the one who shared the information with you was from the same state.

Disclosure: This post is just a quick guide to homeschool laws. I’m not a lawyer. I can only give you advice from the point of view of a homeschooling mother.

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Quick Guide to Homeschool Laws

The HSLDA has a list of all the laws for each state. You are required to sign up for the newsletter to get the information, but, this is something you need to do. You could also search your laws, and find them on your state’s board of education website. That is completely up to you. I use HSLDA because everything is right there, and I can print out a copy of the laws each year.

Here is a link to HSLDA, this is a good place to start.
https://www.hslda.org/laws/

Quick tip: Join a Facebook group for your state’s homeschool laws.

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Quick Guide to Homeschool Laws

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Print out a copy of your state’s homeschool laws

Printing out a copy of your laws is something I would recommend you do every year. New laws can be made each year, so having an up to date copy is important.

I print my copy off and slide it into my homeschool binder.

Here’s a look inside my homeschool binder.—->

All States Have Different Laws

There are definitely states that may have resembling laws. But, each individual state will have its own set of rules for homeschoolers. Here are a few examples of laws you may see in your state:

  • Notice of Homeschooling
  • Some states require you to notify them that your child is homeschooling, or even register with them.
  • Testing
  • Testing may be required each year for your children.
  • Who can teach your child
  • States will have specific laws on you can teach your children. In our state, you must be the child’s parent or legal guardian to teach the child.
  • Days per Year
  • You may be required to teach your children a certain amount of days per year.
  • What to teach
  • While they do not tell you an exact curriculum to teach, most states will require that your children learn at the same level or beyond what is being taught in public school for their age group.
  • Pulling your child out of public school
  • You will have a certain procedure to follow for pulling your child from public school. This can vary from state to state.
  • Teacher Requirements
  • Most states do not require that parents have a degree or even a high school diploma to teach their children. There are, however, a few states that require a high-school diploma or equivalent.

More on HSLDA

The HSLDA (Homeschool Legal Defense Association) is a great legal website for homeschoolers.

What is HSLDA?

Home School Legal Defense Association is a nonprofit advocacy organization established to defend and advance the constitutional right of parents to direct the upbringing and education of their children and to protect family freedoms. We provide homeschooling-related legal advice and representation to our 84,000+ member families, promote homeschool-friendly legislation at the state and federal levels, and offer information and resources to encourage and support all homeschoolers. (source: https://www.hslda.org/about/)

HSLDA Membership

Joining HSLDA provides your family with legal protection. Membership fees are reasonable. If you want to pay monthly it’s $10 per month. Yearly is $120, or you can pay $1000 for a lifetime membership to HSLDA.

How do you keep up with your state’s homeschool laws?

Let me know in the comments what you do to keep up on your state’s homeschool laws.

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