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Texas Legal Analysis

A detailed analysis of Texas’s homeschool law

Texas Homeschooling Memo

This is a brief memo describing the legal history of homeschooling in Texas.

Special Education Provisions for Texas

Special education provisions for homeschooled students in Texas.

Texas Statement of Assurance

Per Texas homeschool law, use this form to provide assurance that the five subjects delineated in Leeper (reading, spelling, grammar, mathematics, and the study of good citizenship) are being taught.

Texas Withdrawal Form

You can use this form to follow the withdrawal procedure of the Texas school your child is currently attending.

The Importance of Recordkeeping in Texas

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

Jury Duty Laws in Texas

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

Public School Access for Homeschoolers in Texas

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

Child Labor and Work Permit Laws in Texas

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

How to Withdraw Your Child from School in Texas

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

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

Compulsory School Age in Texas

When you start homeschooling (and when you get to stop)

Texas Homeschool Laws

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

Local Counsel Wrangles Stray Financial Aid for Lone Star Students

Financial aid officers at a Texas college apparently forgot state law requires them to treat homeschool graduates the same as any other high school graduates. HSLDA’s local counsel helped to remind them.

Texas District Fences Off PSAT from Homeschool Teen


Judges: Law Protects Kids’ Napping Freedom

A Texas court protected HSLDA members from CPS investigators’ fishing expedition, saying the department’s “responsibility to protect children from abusive parents does not authorize the state to oversee the internal affairs of every family.”

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.

Outrageous! CPS Investigation of Non-Abuse Forces Family Into Limbo

A homeschool family took their young daughter to the doctor to check out a rash. A nurse reported them for abuse—saying it’s better to be safe than sorry. This led to an investigation that left the parents in legal limbo.

ACT Showdown Ends in Teen’s Favor

A high school senior wanted to take a college entrance exam but needed help paying for it. There’s a process for that, but the district and ACT dug their heels in. It took an HSLDA attorney to spur it on.

“No Seats for Homeschoolers” at Local PSATs?

Citing COVID-19 concerns, a growing number of public school districts are refusing to allow outside students—including homeschoolers—to take exams such as the PSAT. HSLDA is advocating for equal access.
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