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Vermont: COVID Delays Causing Headaches for Homeschoolers

In Vermont, if officials fail to process homeschool notices within 45 days, families are free to continue with their home education plans. Unfortunately, that’s not what has been happening.
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Responding to an Official at Your Door (HSLDA Member Guidelines)

These guidelines help homeschool families be prepared if a CPS investigator, police officer, truant officer, or other official contacts them to investigate allegations of child abuse or neglect.
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Endangered welfare—or thriving child?

The school district failed to help Luke for six years, but now he’s flourishing after his mom chose to homeschool.
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Census Questions Are Coming: What to Expect

Next month the federal government will be contacting families and asking for detailed information in order to conduct the 2020 census. Here’s what to expect—and what your rights are.
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Truant Officers Harassing Homeschoolers in Ohio?

Home School Legal Defense Association is receiving numerous reports about truant officers and police showing up unannounced and uninvited at private homes to “check up” and see if families are homeschooling.
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COVID-19 Panic Leads to False CPS Report

A perfectly normal trip to the bank ended in this family being investigated by CPS.
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Customized Education with Special Needs Services—How Is This Neglect?

When parents decided to provide for the special needs of one of their twins through homeschooling, officials didn’t like it and filed two court cases that dragged on for months.
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District: Actually, We Don’t Need Photos of Your Records!

Several families contacted HSLDA after a public school social worker dropped by for no specific reason and asked to photograph homeschool records with his phone.
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Homeschool Moves Ahead After Family Trauma

After her husband died, this widow started homeschooling to help her sons cope with their loss. Then she found help through some unexpected circumstances.
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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.
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ODE Helpful to Homeschoolers Who are Feeling Harassed

We commend the department and its staff for responding to the homeschooling community’s concerns and taking steps to address them.
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Maine: Department Retracts Birth Date Demand!

Just as we were preparing to defend homeschool families in court, state education officials have agreed to enforce the Maine homeschool law as written.
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Team Effort in Maine Protects Homeschool Kids’ Privacy

Just as we were preparing to defend homeschool families in court, state education officials have agreed to enforce the Maine homeschool law as written, safeguarding children’s personal information.
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Compulsory School Age in Washington

Here’s when you need to start following Washington’s compulsory school law for each of your children.
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Kindergartner Misses Zoom Class, Gets Home Visit

A mom who decided to start homeschooling her kindergartner received a visit from officials. The reason? Her daughter had stopped attending public school classes on Zoom.
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Earthquake Shakes Up Educational Status Quo in Puerto Rico

First an earthquake, then COVID-19 caused Puerto Rico’s schools to shut down and prompted parents to try homeschooling. What started as a last resort is becoming their first choice.
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CalWORKS Does Work for Homeschooling Families

What’s a family to do when the county tells them their 18-year-old high school student no longer qualifies for benefits? Call HSLDA to sort it out!
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CPS: “Good Work, Parents!”

A CPS investigator checking up on an HSLDA member family could see that the children were thriving—and complimented the parents for doing a good job.
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Jury Duty Laws in Maryland

Here’s what Maryland law says about jury duty exemptions for homeschool parents.
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Compulsory School Age in Arkansas

Here’s when you need to start following Arkansas’s compulsory school law for each of your children.
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