Colorado’s Homeschooling Law & FAQ
Is trying to understand the legal requirements of homeschooling in Colorado overwhelming? Don’t feel alone; most laws are written that way (I’d say on purpose, but that’s just me). Anyway, I’m here to un-muddy the waters and translate the mumbo-jumbo into good ol’ English.
One thing most people don’t know (and this includes school districts, the CDE, librarians and even some homeschool leaders), is that Colorado has 3 separate laws: one for public school, one for private school, and a third for homeschool. What’s required for public school students is not required of homeschooled students. What’s required for public schoolers is not required of private schoolers. And so forth. The homeschool law is separate; it has its own rules and regulations. Please don’t confuse them. And don’t let the school district folks or the nice people at the Colorado Department of Education confuse you either. It’d be nice if they were more versed in understanding the differences, especially in how our homeschool law works, but generally they’re not. I’ve found they tend to mix a little public school law in with the homeschool law and think it’s a perfectly okay thing to do.
Colorado’s Homeschool Law
Here’s the full text of our law, more formally known as “Colorado Revised Statutes (CRS) 22-33-104 and 22-33-104.5″.
The Colorado Homeschool Law “In A Nutshell”
And here’s the plain and simple explanation of what all that mumbo jumbo means.
The Court Case
Do you have a blog? A Facebook page? A quarter of a million dollars lying around? Be careful what you say. There’s a Homeschool/Cyberschool out there who filed a lawsuit against a homeschooling mom, because she blogged about her concerns regarding the school’s multiple domains and questionable business practices. When the longest-running homeschool magazine in the world reported the story in their News Column, the Homeschool/Cyberschool owner retaliated immediately — both online and in court. Long live free speech.
Homeschool Legal Assistance
Homeschool of Home School Attorneys – Email Discussion List
This list is an opportunity 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, 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.
Paradoxical Quote Of The Day From Ben Stein
This has been making the rounds of the internet again. Interesting thought, but Snopes reports Ben Stein never said this. They don’t know who did. Moral of the story: don’t always believe what you read on the internet. Check it out, check it out, check it out. Do I sound like a broken record?