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Tennessee Legal Analysis

A detailed analysis of Tennessee’s homeschool law

Special Education Provisions for Tennessee

Special education provisions for homeschooled students in Tennessee.

The Importance of Recordkeeping in Tennessee

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

Tennessee Withdrawal Forms

You can use one of these forms to follow the withdrawal procedure of the Tennessee school your child is currently attending.

Jury Duty Laws in Tennessee

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

Compulsory School Age in Tennessee

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

Public School Access for Homeschoolers in Tennessee

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

Child Labor and Work Permit Laws in Tennessee

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

How to Withdraw Your Child from School in Tennessee

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

Statewide Child Welfare Check Sparks Outcry

When the Tennessee Department of Education released a toolkit equipping local officials to check up on all the state’s children age 0–18, many parents strenuously objected. The state is rethinking its approach.

How to Comply with Tennessee’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 Tennessee—step-by-step.

New Law Improves Fairness for Homeschool Graduates Seeking HOPE Scholarships

On May 18, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee signed SB 458, a law that will improve homeschool graduates’ access to the HOPE scholarship.

Tennessee Homeschool Laws

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

Chattanooga-area Homeschool Expo coming to East Ridge, July 17-18, 2020

Will you be at the Chattanooga-area Homeschool Expo? Stop by HSLDA’s booth for a conference-only membership discount and a free Visa gift card drawing! We hope you’ll come say hello, grab free resources, and meet our staff.

Athlete Turned Away from Basketball Tryouts. HSLDA Calls Foul.

A homeschooled athlete applied to play basketball at a local public school, but was told to wait months for “approval.” Turns out this was wrong—in more than one way.

Law Helps Reverse College Rejection of Homeschool Grad

When this grad applied to college, she never expected them to outright reject her homeschool diploma and transcript. After they did, she reached out to HSLDA.

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. 

Update: Changes to Homeschool Requirements in Several States

Lawmakers and other officials have taken action to modify—or even waive—some homeschool requirements, including testing and other forms of assessment. Here’s the latest.

HSLDA to Sixth Circuit: Reject Harvard Professor’s Legal Project

The court’s ruling in Gary B. v. Whitmer has the potential to bring the legal theories of Bartholet to life, endangering homeschooling freedom. We’ve submitted an amicus brief as we work to reverse this dangerous precedent.

How Does HSLDA View Compulsory Attendance?

Join Mike Smith and Dan Beasley as they discuss legislative attempts to lower compulsary attendance ages—and why HSLDA opposes them.
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