Laws & FAQ’s on Homeschooling
Is trying to understand the legal part of homeschooling a little 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 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 or private school students. And visa versa. Please do not cross wires and confuse them. And don’t let the school district folks or the nice people at the Colorado Department of Education confuse you either. I wish they were better trained to understand the differences between these laws, and especially how our homeschool law works, but as a rule, they’re not. I’ve found they tend to mix a little public school law in with the homeschool law. Somehow they think blending two laws together is perfectly okay.
Colorado’s Homeschool Law
So here’s the full text of our requirements, more formally known as “Colorado Revised Statutes (CRS) 22-33-104 and 22-33-104.5″.
The Colorado Homeschool Law “In A Nutshell”
Okay, now that you’re done reading that … geez Louise, what does all that legalese actually mean?
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
National Home Education Legal Defense (NHELD)
NHELD protects and defends the legal rights of families who wish to homeschool, unschool or otherwise educate their children 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?