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
The thing to fill out first if you’re planning to homeschool.

In Memory of Treon Goossen
A simple homeschool mom who co-authored the Colorado Home School Statute and then worked diligently to keep politicians from rewording it for the next 28 years.

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

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 that oppose Common Core, a direct threat to choice in education.


 
 

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.