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It depends. Special education refers to instruction or assistance in traditional academic areas such as math and language arts. Related services, on the other hand, are aids to a child—like speech therapy, occupational therapy, and physical therapy. These services indirectly improve a child’s ability to learn but are separate from traditional academic curricula. Under federal regulations, homeschooled students are entitled to seek related services in states where homeschools are considered to be private schools.

Because HSLDA’s emphasis is on guarding the freedom of homeschoolers from public school oversight, we generally do not help homeschooled students obtain access to special education in public schools. HSLDA may, however, assist member families seeking related services if they live in a state where homeschools are considered private schools. You can learn about your state’s provisions here.


Head Start to Where?

Research casts doubt on federal early childhood programs

Maggie McKneely

Maggie was the federal relations liaison for HSLDA from 2018–2023, advocating on behalf of homeschool families on Capitol Hill.

Swiss Court: Homeschooling a Privilege, Not a Right

The federal supreme court of Switzerland has ruled that homeschooling is a not a right, and that local governments may ban the practice

Judge: Constitution Protects Children from Strip Searches

A federal judge has ruled that Josiah and Holly Curry will get their day in court. Reacting to the investigator’s testimony that “she should ‘automatically’ strip-search any child who was four or under,” the judge made it clear he disagreed.

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. 

How I Help HSLDA Defend Homeschooling at the Federal Level


When Good People Act

HSLDA Action works to defend your rights as homeschoolers in the political arena and on the federal level.

CPS: “Strip-Searching Kids is OK.” Um, No!

HSLDA is responding to a major challenge in our quest to deliver justice for Kentucky homeschool mom Holly Curry in her federal lawsuit.

Brazil: Capital City Legalizes Homeschooling, Still Hope for National Law

Federal lawmakers continue to work on legislation to legalize homeschooling in all of Brazil. Meanwhile, another municipality has recognized this proven educational option.

What Does the Future Hold for Homeschool Freedom?

What are the roles of the federal and state governments' regarding homeschooling? How can COVID-19 change state regulations? How can we protect homeschool freedom? Find answers to these questions and more in HSLDA's article.