Seen Around the Web: Homeschooling in Highly Regulated States


Megan has compiled a list of links to begin your research on homeschooling laws in your state, and Cheryl has shared her best advice for recordkeeping in a minimally-reporting state. The editors at StS decided we should also offer some record-keeping insight for those living in more stringent states, but most of our team do not live in those areas of the country so we can’t write authoritatively about them. Our solution is to bring you the best from-the-horse’s-mouth information we can find online, shared by generous homeschool bloggers who live under more regulation than the rest of us. We hope you will enjoy this little Blog Hop! We are delighted to meet these bloggers, journalists, and organizations, and we thank them for sharing their skill and knowledge with us all.

Florida

Getting Started and FAQ’s by Homeschool in Florida

How to Make a Homeschool Portfolio by Parkridge Church Homeschoolers

Requirements by Florida Parent-Educators Association (FPEA)

Vitarete Academy is a new homeschooling umbrella organization that is registered as a private school in the state of Florida

Maryland

Preparing a Maryland Homeschool Portfolio by Tinderbox

Getting Started Homeschooling by the Maryland Homeschool Association

Homeschooling in Maryland by The Homeschool Mom

Pennsylvania

Start with the Homeschool Forms page, but then read everything at Ask Pauline!

Affadavits, Objectives, and Samples, Oh, My! by StS contributor Nance at HOME’S COOL

New York

Homeschooler by The Journey Mom

Homeschooling: Homemade Education by Sarah Berson for METRO FOCUS at thirteen.org

New York State Homeschooling Regulations Simplified by New York Adventures in Homeschooling

Homeschooling in New York by Angela for Sandbox to Socrates

North Dakota

North Dakota Homeschool Association at www.homeschool-life.com

Homeschooling in North Dakota by The Homeschool Mom

 

 

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Homeschooling is Legal in All 50 States, by Megan

 

 

Yes! Homeschooling is legal in all fifty states and the District of Columbia.  

Here is a list of websites to help in your search for the laws and requirements of your state.

Disclaimer: I am not a lawyer, and this is not legal advice.

When possible, I have listed the state’s Department of Education website for information. If that information was unavailable or too full of legal jargon, I have linked to a homeschool organization in that state. For example, Utah recently changed its laws regarding homeschooling, but its DOE website hasn’t been updated to reflect the new requirements. For this reason, I linked to a Utah homeschooling organization which summarizes the changes. If any of other state websites have outdated information, please let us know in the comments. We’d be happy to find the updated laws and keep our readers up to speed.

 

Alabama

Alaska

Arizona

Arkansas

California

Colorado

Connecticut

Delaware – Look under sections 2703-2704 for homeschool requirements.

Florida

Georgia

Hawaii

Idaho

Illinois

Indiana

Iowa

Kansas

Kentucky

Louisiana

Maine

Maryland

Massachusetts

Michigan 

Minnesota

Mississippi

Missouri

Montana

Nebraska

Nevada

New Hampshire

New Jersey

New Mexico

New York

North Carolina

North Dakota

Ohio

Oklahoma

Oregon

Pennsylvania

I often hear that people are afraid to homeschool in NY or PA because of all the regulations. My friend Pauline has a wonderful website that’s a huge help to homeschoolers in PA. Someone, please create a similar resource for NY!  🙂 Pauline encourages anyone interested in homeschooling in PA by saying, “PA’s laws sound complicated when you first read them, but it’s mostly a matter of paperwork. Don’t get overwhelmed – it’s easier than it looks!

Rhode Island

South Carolina

South Dakota

Tennessee

Texas

A website with a little more information about homeschooling requirements in Texas

Utah

Vermont

Virginia

Washington

Washington, D. C.

West Virginia

Wisconsin

Wyoming

 

Megmeganan–Megan is mom to three children: Pigby (boy, age 7), Digby (boy, age 4), and Chuck (girl, age 2).  She loves history, ballroom dance, and crocheting.  She made the decision to homeschool when her oldest was three and they’ve been on this journey ever since.