If you are considering homeschooling for your child, one of the first steps you should take is to get familiar with the homeschooling laws of your state. Without a doubt, homeschooling is legal in all the 50 States. But, that is just about where the similarity ends. Laws and regulations regarding homeschooling vary from state to state and interpretations of these laws can vary among the different school districts. Additionally, these laws may change on a yearly basis.
Some states need an affidavit filed with the State’s education department. There are basically 3 categories for homeschooling laws, i.e. private school laws, home education laws and equivalency laws. Find your state laws. You may also need to maintain a portfolio that records the child’s educational progress. It is important to look into the legal requirements BEFORE you start homeschooling. Some States also stipulate a minimum educational qualification for the parent or teacher.
Most people need to get the laws interpreted by a qualified attorney. You can get valuable information from the support group at your locality. Additionally, many state education departments have online resources that will help you in interpreting the state requirements for homeschooling. The internet is also a good source of information.
It is a good idea to check out your state laws regarding homeschooling before you start educating your child at home. This will prevent any nasty surprises along the way. If you have to move, you will need to be aware of any tests or exams that your child may need to take.