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“Admission Form” Required to Begin Homeschooling
A family filing the affidavit required for homeschooling were surprised when public school officials also insisted they complete and submit a detailed and inquisitive form.

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Unauthorized Regulation of Private Tutors


School Districts Demanding Standardized Test Scores


School Districts Continue to Demand Portfolio Reviews


Department of Education Revises Homeschool Diploma


School District Excludes Qualified Evaluator


School District Wants “Transportation Registration Form”


Department of Education Creates Unauthorized Diploma


School District Says Child Too Old to Homeschool


School District Rejects Homeschool Objectives


Improved Homeschool Law Moots Newborn Case


Anti-Privacy Law Enacted


Homeschool Law Significantly Improved


Superintendent Requires Oral Exams


Superintendent Disapproves Homeschooling


School District Wants New Homeschooler Info

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11/13/2014Pennsylvania--Celebrate Enactment of Homeschool Bill
11/4/2014Pennsylvania--Governor Signs Homeschool Bill!
10/21/2014Pennsylvania--Homeschool Bill Passes Legislature!
10/16/2014Pennsylvania-Homeschool Bill Passes Senate!
10/7/2014Pennsylvania--Homeschool Bill in Trouble
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 State Legislation
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WATCH House Bill 489: Repeals Prohibition Against Same-Sex Marriages
2/25/2015

WATCH House Bill 754: Lowers Compulsory School Attendance Age from 8 to 6
3/12/2015

WATCH House Bill 832: Lowers Compulsory School Attendance Age from 8 to 6
4/6/2015

WATCH House Bill 883: Restricts Immunization Exemptions
4/9/2015

WATCH House Bill 893: Excuse from Jury Duty for Some Parents
4/9/2015

WATCH House Bill 1156: Changes Definition of “Compulsory School Age”
5/12/2015

WATCH Senate Bill 696: Prohibits a Parent From Using a Strong Moral or Ethical Conviction as an Exemption from Immunizations
4/15/2015

WATCH Senate Bill 829: Lowers Compulsory Attendance Age from 8 to 5
5/20/2015

WATCH Senate Bill 959: Health, Safety, and Physical Education
7/24/2015

WATCH Senate Bill 975: Homeschool Access to Public School Courses
8/25/2015

OPEN The Pennsylvania Legislature is in Session
1/7/2015

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The Pennsylvania Religious Freedom Case
Several families have contested Pennsylvania’s homeschooling regulations under the Religious Freedom Protection Act.

The Ferris Case
Parents temporarily lose custody of newborn because they want to direct medical care.

Combs, et al, v. Homer—Center School District, et al
Families claim religious exemption from home education law

Commonwealth v. Mrs. R
Certified teacher subject to prosecution for home schooling

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