Colorado’s Homeschool Law and Legal Resources
Is trying to understand the legal requirements of Colorado’s home school law overwhelming? Sure, the basic overview is simple. But what about all those what-ifs, this-answer-doesn’t-fit-my-situation and grey areas? Our home education statute was written with some specifics, and a lot of generalities. It was done that way on purpose. It was meant to give as much leeway as humanly possible to parents and children, to allow for different learning styles, teaching methods, testing preferences and lifestyle choices. It’s a good thing, a good law, full of freedom. But it can also be confusing. (Most laws are, I find.) That’s why I’ve been un-muddying the waters and translating all that lawyer mumbo-jumbo into good ol’ English for parents for the past 20 years.
One thing most people don’t know (this includes school districts, the CDE, and even some homeschool leaders), is that Colorado has three separate education laws: public school, private school, and home school. The biggest mistake folks make is to lump them all together like they’re concocting a pot of soup. Or, they take a dash of one law, throw it into another law and then shrug it off with, “well, that’s how I see it.” Sorry, but that won’t cut any mustard with a truant officer. Or hold up in a court of law.
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”
And here’s the detailed explanation.
Sample Notice of Intent to Homeschool
Colorado has no “official form” to fill out, but here’s one you can copy, edit, and personalize for free.
Wonder what Colorado politicians are trying to change in our homeschool law this year? Treon Goossen, co-author of Colorado’s Home School Statute keeps us in the know via her free, private email alert system. To join, email your request to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also follow Treon on Twitter.
Parents and Educators Against Common Core Curriculum in Colorado
A place to share information to educate the public about the agenda that has been implemented around the country.
A group of parents unified in opposition to Common Core, a direct threat to choice in education.
The Court Case
Do you have a blog? A Facebook page? $250,000 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 the school’s questionable business practices and mind-boggling labyrinth of multiple domains. When the oldest homeschool magazine in the world reported the story in their News Column, the Homeschool/Cyberschool owner retaliated — both online and in court. Long live free speech.
Homeschool Legal Assistance
Association 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?