for Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming
Your state’s homeschool law is the first, and most important thing you need to know before you begin. Remember that Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming’s home schooling legal requirements are not all the same. Also keep in mind that public school, private school, and homeschool requirements are (usually) completely different, as well. Which means what’s true for one type of schooling, is not always true of another. If you need clarification of what your homeschool statutes mean, the best folks to ask are at your statewide homeschool organization. School district and Dept of Education personnel, even if they’re the person slated to pick up the phone and answer your questions, often haven’t been thoroughly trained in the all the ins and outs of the homeschooling laws. Strange, but true.
Since its launch in 1983, Home Education Magazine has been the most respected homeschool magazine available. Written from a diverse, inclusive viewpoint, HEM is jam-packed with inspiring articles, topical columns, interesting interviews and helpful how-to’s. This is one resource you’ll keep around and refer back to, again and again.
National Home Education Legal Defense
NHELD protects and defends the rights of families who wish to educate in freedom.
The Court Case
Cyberschool owner filed a lawsuit against a homeschool mom because the mom blogged about her concerns regarding the school’s multiple domains and questionable practices. When Home Education Magazine reported the story, the school owner then added HEM to the lawsuit and took the magazine’s server down. Chilling. A must-read.
Colorado’s Homeschool Law
The full text of Colorado Revised Statutes (CRS) 22-33-104 and 22-33-104.5.
The Colorado Homeschool Law “In A Nutshell” (FAQ)
What does all this (CRS) 22-33-104 and 22-33-104.5 mumbo jumbo mean? Here’s RMEC’s detailed FAQ, in plain English.
Montana’s Home School Law
The Montana Office of Public Instruction’s site, with a .pdf file of the statutes that “may be of interest to those with questions about home schooling”.
Montana Homeschool FAQ
A nice FAQ that even includes Montana’s homeschooling history, courtesy of the Montana Coalition of Home Educators.
New Mexico Home School Operators Procedure Manual
(Strange name, isn’t it? It rather sounds like instructions to operate complicated machinery.) This is the New Mexico Public Education Department’s official site, containing the Operator’s Manual, contact information, and basic how-to-begin list.
New Mexico Homeschool Law FAQ
Courtesy of The Albuquerque Homeschool Co-op. You can find lots of other resources here, too.
Utah Education Code for Homeschooling
The legal requirements in Utah consist of an Exemption to the compulsory attendance law, plus a few sections of the Utah Administrative Code, so it’s a little hard to find “the law” all in one place, but A 2 Z’s Home’sCool put it all together.
Utah Education Code for Homeschooling II
Here’s another site with the law all in one place. Oddly enough, it’s from the Salcido Law Firm, which is a homeschool lawyer’s website. Very nicely laid out and easy to read.
Utah’s Homeschool Law FAQ
Courtesy of the Utah Christian Home School Association.
Wyoming Home Education Statutes
The full text of Wyoming’s law, officially known as Wyoming Title 21, Chapter 4, Sections 1-5. Includes the compulsory school age, immunizations, suspension and expulsion rules.
Wyoming Department of Education
The state’s official Home School Info page.
Wyoming Home Education FAQ
A brief FAQ from the Homeschoolers of Wyoming.
Wyoming Homeschool Mom FAQ
Another nice FAQ, with a couple of twists (she’s an Accidental Homeschooler and her son has ADHD) and lots of commentary. She also has a page of informative links