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Homeschool Law in the United States of America: Home

Laws and regulations for homeschooling in the United States of America.

Inspiration

“I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.”

 Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain)

“There is no school equal to a decent home and no teacher equal to a virtuous parent.” 

― Mahatma Gandhi

“The home is the first and most effective place to learn the lessons of life: truth, honor, virtue, self control, the value of education, honest work, and the purpose and privilege of life. Nothing can take the place of home in rearing and teaching children, and no other success can compensate for failure in the home.” 

― David O. McKay

“Self-education is the only possible education; the rest is mere veneer laid on the surface of a child's nature.” 

― Charlotte M. Mason

“The home is the chief school of human virtues.” 

― William Ellery Channing

Helpful Books for Purchase

No Child Left Behind Act

"Nothing in this Act shall be construed to affect a home school, whether or not a home school is treated as a home school or a private school under State law, nor shall any student schooled at home be required to participate in any assessment referenced in this Act." (20 United States Code, sec. 7886)

Home School Legal Defense Association

"Home School Legal Defense Association is a nonprofit advocacy organization established to defend and advance the constitutional right of parents to direct the education of their children and to protect family freedoms. Through annual memberships, HSLDA is tens of thousands of families united in service together, providing a strong voice when and where needed."

Helpful Legal Websites

PIERCE v. SOCIETY OF THE SISTERS OF THE HOLY NAMES OF JESUS AND, 268 U.S. 510 (1925)

"In Pierce v. Society of the Sisters, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that 'the fundamental theory of liberty upon which all governments of this Union repose excludes any general power of the state to standardize its children by forcing them to accept instruction from public teachers only.  The child is not the creature of the state.'"  ~ State Laws

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