Today I’m going to go over a short summary of the where’s of homeschooling. This is the obvious starting place for parents considering homeschool. Before you can make a choice about whether or not you will homeschool, you need to understand the laws where you are. Each state has separate laws, each state is equal.
Some states are better to HS in, such as Oklahoma, the only state in the union that has homeschooling rights in its constitution. This means, out of 50 states, only this state will have consistent, untouchable, freedom guaranteed in its laws.
Even Texas laws could change, although currently, Texas is also a great place to homeschool. As a homeschooler in Texas, you’ll be considered a private school, which is pretty neat! Idaho is also a wonderful state to live if you’re going to HS.
However, some families don’t have the option to move to a state with better laws. What do you do then? Most states have protective laws regarding homeschooling families, only a few are truly difficult to HS in. HSLDA is a fantastic organization to be a part of if you choose to homeschool, and their website details each state’s laws Here.
What are some of the laws you might see? The most frequent law states hold is ensuring you teach specific subjects, although many states do not require evidence of what you’ve taught. Most states also require you notifying your local ISD that your child will be schooling at home.
Some states will have you schooling for a certain amount of hours or days per year. A dozen or so will have mandatory testing, some once a year, others every few years, although not all states want to see the results of those tests. You want to make sure you have a full knowledge of the state laws and keep updated in case they change.
If you happen to live in a state with laws you can’t agree with, but cannot move at the time, check to see if your state has umbrella schools. These awesome programs will protect you from unfriendly laws while allowing you to homeschool freely.
It’s important to remember that, no matter where you live, all schools teach evolution as fact, not theory. This means that while your child might be heading to Sunday school every weekend, five days of the week they are learning God’s Word is wrong. Even if you are not able to homeschool, I highly encourage you to educate yourself on creation so that you can answer your child when they have questions. Like the Bible instructs us, we need to have an answer for why we believe what we believe.