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How To Find Homeschool Laws

Updated on February 10, 2011

Where to find homeschool laws

In order to make sure that you have a positive homeschooling experience the first thing that you need to do is to find out what your state's laws are in regards to homeschooling. There are two ways in which this can be done.

The first way to do this is to visit your state's education department's web site. This may be referred to as:

State Education Department

Department of Education

Department of Education and Early Development

Superintendent of Public Instruction

Department of Public Instruction

Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Department of Education and Cultural Affairs

Education Agency

Office of Education

You should know that it might not be easy to find homeschooling information on these sites. However, there are some states that do have excellent and thorough information. So, go ahead and find the home page of your state agency and view their site's navigational menu to see if you can find what it is that you are looking for. If you cannot immediately find what you are looking for then use the site's search function to search for "home school," "homeschool," or "home study." When there is no search function you can always use CTRL + F on your keyboard to search for these phrases. You can also look for "nonpublic schools," sections that cover legislation or a way to contact someone on the site.

The second way to do this is to read some homeschool law summaries. This is also a good place to start whenever you need to wait to receive information about your state's homeschool laws or simply want information that you can understand, even though it is not legally binding. You can find this information on the web site for the HSLDA (Home School Legal Defense Association). This site offers access to a summary of each state's homeschool laws as well as a legal analysis too. Information about each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the United States' outlying territories (including American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands) can be found here. This is also a great site to join because for $100 a year you can have a lawyer in your back pocket in case you ever need their services. Another great thing about this site is that they offer the most recent information about laws and any pending legislation that may be occurring. They will also help you to learn about any important legal issues about the homeschooling laws in your state that are currently undergoing consideration.

How To Find Homeschool Laws


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