State Laws



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LEGEND
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ACTION States requiring no notice: No state requirement for parents to initiate any contact.
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WATCH States with low regulation: State requires parental notification only.
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UPDATE States with moderate regulation: State requires parents to send notification, test scores, and/or professional evaluation of student progress.
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UPDATE State with high regulation: State requires parents to send notification or achievement test scores and/or professional evaluation, plus other requirements (e.g. curriculum approval by the state, teacher qualification of parents, or home visits by state officials).

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What State’s Laws Should I Follow?

The law you should follow is that of the state in which you are physically present.

Why? When you are physically present in a state, even temporarily, you are subject to that state’s laws, and, in many cases, to the jurisdiction of its courts. This is true even if your legal residency is in another state and you are only living elsewhere temporarily (such as when active members of the military are completing a temporary assignment). Consequently, you could be required to comply with the home education law of the state in which you are temporarily located.

If you plan to live in another state for a period longer than a month during the time that public schools are in session, HSLDA generally recommends that you comply with the requirements for home education in that state. This general recommendation applies even if you and/or your spouse pays taxes, own property, and/or have employment in another state.

HSLDA members should call our Legal Department for specific advice about how state home education laws apply in their particular situations.

Resource: “Am I Homeschooling Under the ‘Home School’ Law or the ‘Private School’ Law?”

States


Alabama
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
District of Columbia
Florida
Georgia
Hawaii
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
North Carolina
North Dakota
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Vermont
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming

U.S. Territories

American Samoa
Guam
Northern Mariana Islands
Puerto Rico
Virgin Islands

Summary of Home School Laws in the Fifty States (Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)