July 2, 2001

Tennessee: HSLDA Steps In to Clear Up Confusion

Tennessee law offers several different options for parents who wish to teach their children at home. While this gives parents flexibility, sometimes school districts misunderstand which option families are choosing to use.

Recently, the Cheatham County Board of Education wrote a letter to one of our member families, requesting that they submit a notice of intent. In response, HSLDA explained to the board that home schoolers who are enrolled in and attending a satellite of a church-related school are not required to provide "registration" of any sort to their local school district. According to the Tennessee State Department of Education, these home schoolers are in compliance with state compulsory attendance law.

If your school district is confused as to the option you have chosen in exercising your Constitutional right to home school, please contact HSLDA for assistance.