Although regulation and laws about homeschooling vary from one state to another, homeschooling is legal in all 50 states of the U.S. There are varying interpretations of these laws in different school districts. Homeschooling policies may also change every year.
Such changes and variety may prove to be very confusing especially for first time homeschoolers. That is why it’s recommended to go to the National Home Education network to inquire on existing homeschooling regulations and to get updated on future changes. Since policies vary from state to state, it is important to concentrate on reading and understanding the laws pertaining to the state you’re in. Some even seek the help of lawyers to interpret the laws for them. To save on legal costs, you can seek the help of a local support group who may have legal representatives who can attend to your questions for free, if not for a lower fee. Many state education departments also have websites which can help you interpret the state’s requirements on setting up and maintaining a legal homeschool.
Once you and your child start on homeschooling, it’s best to be able to keep focused on both of your roles-your child as a student and you as a teacher. An unnecessary legal glitch in the future may break your mindset and have negative effects on the levels of your interest. Additionally, if you need to move to another state, don’t forget to check if there are any examinations your child is required to take.