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Homeschooling Laws

Homeschooling laws indicate it is legal in all 50 states but rules and regulations vary from state-to-state. Interpretations of these laws can vary from school district to school district. Additionally, these laws may change every year.

The National Home Education Network (nhen.org) is a wonderful resource when it comes to the legalities of home education. It has a listing of the actual state laws for all fifty states. Reading the laws that pertain to your state is perhaps the best way to get accurate information about these laws. You can also get valuable information from your local homeschool support group. Additionally, many state education departments have online resources that will help you in interpreting the state requirements for home education.

The Homeschool Legal Defense Association (hslda.org/laws/) is also a good resource for home education laws and legalities. Below I've briefly summarized the map from their website.

The following states require no notice:

Alaska
Connecticut
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana

Michigan
Missouri
New Jersey
Oklahoma
Texas

The following states require parental notification only (low regulation):

Alabama
Arizona
California
Delaware
Kansas
Kentucky
Mississippi


Montana
Nebraska
New Mexico
Nevada
Utah
Wisconsin
Wyoming

The following states require parents to send notification, test scores, and/or professional evaluation of student progress (moderate regulation):

Arkansas
Colorado
District of Columbia
Florida
Georgia
Iowa
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland
Minnesota

New Hampshire
North Carolina
Ohio
Oregon
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia


The following states require parents to send notification or achievement test scores and/or professional evaluation, plus other requirements (e.g. curriculum approval by the state, teacher qualification of parents, or home visits by state officials)(high regulation):

Massachusetts
New York
North Dakota

Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
Vermont


It is a good idea to check out your state's home education laws before you start educating your child at home. This will prevent any nasty surprises along the way.


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