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COVID-19 Update: More States Modify Homeschool Requirements

See which states have taken action to modify—or even waive—certain homeschool requirements to help parents and students remain safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. 
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COVID-19: Urgent—ODE Changing Guidance on Assessments

The Ohio Department of Education has released guidance for homeschooling during COVID-19 that conflicts with what we previously told you.
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Homeschooling Ban in Michigan Was Accidental

A broadly worded order from the Michigan governor shutting down “in-person instruction” could have been interpreted as a ban on homeschooling as well. Her office quickly clarified.
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COVID-19: Michigan Governor Says Order Does Not Interfere with Homeschooling

Michigan Governor Whitmer has clarified that her order to “suspend” kindergarten through 12-grade “in-person” instruction does not interfere with homeschooling.
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What You Need to Know About S.B. 704

The North Carolina legislature passed Senate Bill 704, which includes several changes in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Here's what you need to know. 
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Debbie Needed Legal Help and a Community. She Got Both.

When a 16-year-old asked her guardian to homeschool her, neither one expected to wind up in court.
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State Officials Issue More Demands That Don’t Square with Homeschool Law

Homeschooling is a declaration of independence from public school authorities. You must also be independent in keeping your own records.
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Assessment Waiver Finalized!

Families homeschooling under the notice of intent option have had end-of-year assessments waived for the 2019-2020 school year.
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Sixth-Circuit Case: Flag on the Play—Instant Replay

In April 2020, a three-judge panel ruled that students in Detroit had a federal constitutional right to a basic minimum public education. Now, the full court is rehearing the case from scratch. 
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Virginia: Can School Districts Write Laws?

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Common Core Just Mostly Dead

The Common Core, an attempt to impose national standards on America’s classrooms, has mostly faded. But some states have simply modified the curriculum or kept it under another name.
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COVID-19: Georgia Governor Suspends Homeschool Testing Requirement

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp has signed an executive order that modifies the standardized testing requirement for homeschooling families.
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COVID-19: WVDE Guidance on Assessments During Coronavirus

The West Virginia state Department of Education recommends a sort of grace period for homeschoolers who submit a standardized test as their annual assessment.
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Homeschool Graduate Told His Diploma Isn’t Good Enough

When this graduate moved to Texas and applied for a job, he was told his homeschool diploma was “invalid.” Fortunately, he knew who to call.
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Oh Buoy: Brothers Score Swim Team Victory

A pair of homeschool athletes had their legal rights upheld when a high school sports appeal board ruled in their favor.
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Barrier To Law Enforcement Job Removed

A homeschool graduate seeking a law enforcement job in southern Maryland hit a roadblock. We helped clear the path.
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“Educators for Maine” Now Available to Homeschool Graduates

Home instruction graduates are now entitled participate in the “Educators for Maine” program.
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The School Rejected My Notice: What Now?

In Maine there is no such thing as a homeschool "application."
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School to Mom: Your Child’s Special Needs Have to Wait

When a mom completed the legal steps to begin homeschooling her student with special needs, school officials said she had to wait for approval. Except they can’t do that.
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Uproara, Colorado

A school district in Colorado has set up a web form to make paperwork easier for homeschool families. It also demands information not required by law.
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