Legal Resources

Colorado’s Homeschool Law and Legal Resources

What does Colorado’s home school law require of you? The wording is pretty straightforward, but it’s still lawyer-speak. It’s is also vague. That was done on purpose. Not to confuse you, but to allow you the most freedom possible. However, this vagueness generates a lot of questions. Let Cindy help you. She’s been translating all this mumbo-jumbo into plain English for the past 23 years.

One thing many school districts and homeschool leaders don’t understand is that Colorado has three separate laws: public school, private school, and home school. The most common mistake to make is to lump them all together as if this were just a big pot of stew. Cindy’s also seen folks take one sentence from one law, throw it into some other law and deem it legal. When pressed, they shrug it off with, “well, that’s how I see it!” Sorry Charlie, but that excuse won’t pass muster with a truant officer. Or social services. It certainly won’t stand up in a court of law. Know your rights. It’s the best defense you’ve got.

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
  — Margaret Mead

Colorado’s Homeschool Law
The full text of the law, officially known as “Colorado Revised Statutes (CRS) 22-33-104 and 22-33-104.5”.

The Colorado Homeschool Law “In A Nutshell”
As promised, here’s Cindy’s detailed translation!

Sample Notice of Intent to Homeschool
Colorado has no “official form”, but Cindy created one you can use as a boilerplate, personalizing it for your own family.

In Memory of Treon Goossen
A great lady, an amazing friend. Treon co-authored our Colorado Home School Statute. Afterwards, she fought to keep our rights intact for the next 28 years, for no pay. Treon passed suddenly in May, 2016. She was 61. Her family is not only devastated by the loss, but also the overwhelming medical bills left behind. If you enjoy this educational choice you have today, please stop by, read her tribute, and say thank you by donating a dollar or two.

A Ridiculous Common Core Test for First Graders
Wow. I couldn’t even pass this test as an adult.

Parents and Educators Against Common Core Curriculum in Colorado
A place to share information about this dangerous agenda that has been implemented around the country.

Core Concerns
A group of parents unified in opposition to Common Core, a direct threat to choice in education.

Illuminati – A New American Religion
A quick, interesting (and controversial) read, examining the conspiracy theory’s impact on America. Authored by a Colorado unschooled adult, Matt Stanley, who refused to read until age 10. He now holds a BS in Mathematics from UCD.

The Empty One (The Fallen Conviction Book 1)
An epic, untraditional fantasy. A reviewer wrote: “If there’s one thing I can guarantee you, it’s that you’ve absolutely never read anything like it before.” This is Matt’s 2nd book. (Refusing to read when he was a kid certainly didn’t hamper his love of penning books as an adult.)

Legal Help

Association of Home School Attorneys
This discussion group is for homeschoolers involved in custody issues, to contact other homeschoolers for information about homeschooling attorneys and experts, as well as exchange ideas and information about handling custody disputes as a result of homeschooling.

National Home Education Legal Defense
NHELD is a national organization open to all who wish to join, that seeks to protect and defend the rights of families who wish to educate in freedom.

The Rutherford Institute
The United States Supreme Court has ruled that parents have a fundamental right to control the upbringing and education of their children. And The Rutherford Institute is dedicated to defending this right.

National Center for Life and Liberty’s Homeschool Center
NCLL can address any current legal compliance questions you might have. They’re also available in the event that you have a homeschooling legal emergency and will litigate your case on a pro bono (no cost to you) basis if they determine that the issues involved will advance the liberty of homeschooling in America.