Homeschooling is legal no matter where you go in the United States. However, every state has a different set of homeschooling laws to follow.
If you are planning to start homeschooling, you’ll need to know where to find your laws and also be able to understand them. You’ll always need to comply with the homeschooling laws as long as you remain a homeschooler.
In a nutshell, if you are a homeschooling parent, you should:
1) Know where to find your state homeschooling laws;
2) understand exactly what your laws say;
3) be able to interpret the laws and how they specifically apply to you;
3) demonstrate your compliance at all times; and
4) keep on top of legislative changes that can affect homeschooling in your state.
For most people, understanding and following homeschooling laws is fairly easy. But sometimes, it can be a little bit confusing. That’s because the way the laws are written can make them hard to figure out. Make sure you get help with the finer points if you need it.
Always remember that homeschooling is a regulated, legal activity. The price that you pay for the freedom to home educate is following the rules that have been outlined for homeschooling in your state. You never need to do any more than is stated, but you’ll always need to do what is written.
Where can you find the homeschooling laws for your state?
Here is a great place to start:
Click on this link to go directly to the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA). This organization provides an excellent summary and explanation of the laws of every one of the 50 states. You can trust the information that you find at HSLDA and, better yet, it is regularly updated so you’ll always stay on top of homeschooling legislation, too.
Read. Study. Learn. Understand. Then put the laws into practice in your own home school.