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Maine Legal Analysis

A detailed analysis of Maine's homeschool law

COVID-19: Maine Gov. Waives “Days of Instruction” Requirement for Homeschoolers

Maine Governor Janet Mills issued a state-wide waiver of school attendance requirements.

The School Rejected My Notice: What Now?

In Maine there is no such thing as a homeschool "application," which is what we told this Sumner area official.

Why You Shouldn’t Use Maine's Homeschool Forms

For all or most families, the best path is to continue sending in their paperwork as they always have, and avoid the department’s forms.

Special Education Provisions for Maine

Special education provisions for homeschooled students in Maine.

Maine Notice of Intent Forms

There are two options for homeschooling in the state of Maine. Those homeschooling under the home instruction option may use the forms below as instructed.

Maine Forms to Homeschool as a REPS

There are two options for homeschooling in the state of Maine. Those homeschooling under the Recognized as Equivalent Private School (REPS) option may use the forms below as instructed.

The Importance of Recordkeeping in Maine

Here are the records you need to keep for your homeschool in Maine.

“Educators for Maine” Now Available to Homeschool Graduates

Home instruction graduates are now entitled participate in the “Educators for Maine” program.

Jury Duty Laws in Maine

Here’s what Maine law says about jury duty exemptions for homeschool parents.

Compulsory School Age in Maine

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

Public School Access for Homeschoolers in Maine

Here’s what Maine law says about homeschool students’ access to public school classes or services.

Maine Department of Education Waives State Filing for Homeschoolers

The Maine Department of Education has waived the requirement that families file their homeschool paperwork with the state. But an explanation of the decision and how it affects families is warranted.

Child Labor and Work Permit Laws in Maine

Homeschooling? Here’s what you should know about Maine’s child labor laws and work permit requirements.

How to Withdraw Your Child from School in Maine

How to withdraw your child from their current school in Maine and start homeschooling them.

How to Comply with Maine’s Homeschool Law

Are you considering homeschooling your child? You can do it! As you get started, it’s important to make sure you comply with the education laws where you live. This page helps you understand how to homeschool legally in Maine—step-by-step.

Maine Withdrawal Forms

There are two options for homeschooling in the state of Maine. Depending on the option you choose, you may use one of the forms below to follow the withdrawal procedure of the Maine school your child is currently attending.

Maine Homeschool Laws

Questions about how to homeschool in Maine? Start here for a quick overview: homeschooling laws & requirements, compulsory attendance ages, withdrawal, access to sports & special ed. services, recordkeeping, work permits, jury duty . . .

Can You Accept the Filing Waiver in Good Conscience?

There are many good reasons to follow the new guidance for filing homeschool paperwork.

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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