The Best States For Homeschooling

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ACTION States requiring no notice: No state requirement for parents to initiate any contact.
WATCH States with low regulation: State requires parental notification only.ACTION
UPDATE States with moderate regulation: State requires parents to send notification, test scores, and/or professional evaluation of student progress.ACTION
UPDATE State with high regulation: State requires parents to send notification or achievement test scores and/or professional evaluation, plus other requirements (e.g. curriculum approval by the state, teacher qualification of parents, or home visits by state officials).

By Eric Blair

What could be more natural than educating our own children? Everyone can agree on that. Where people differ is who has the responsibility to educate our children?

Unfortunately, because of mis-education many believe the State is responsible for educating our children. This is not the same thing as the State being responsible for providing an option for education. Rather many presume that the State has the authority to force their version of education on parents and their children.

If your answer is that parents have the responsibility to provide education, then we can safely assume that we have the right to homeschool our own children, yes? Several industrialized nations where homeschooling is outlawed say no. And although most Americans would say we should have that right, they overwhelmingly demand oversight by the State to ensure this right is not abused.

Now we’re back to the question of responsibility. Is it the government’s role to to make sure every child is learning the same things even if they aren’t in the public system? According to the Constitution, the government’s role is to protect our rights and liberties above all else.

10 Freest States For Homeschooling [continued]



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  • Frank Sieg

    There is more to homeschooling than just whether or not you must give notice. Kentucky on its face seems like a low regulation state for homeschooling and paperwork wise it is. However if your child wants to take an extracurricular vocational course or activity at a public school which you still pay taxes for, you can forget it.
    My son would like to take a course in media, but the public school system said no way no how. Consider this while making a decision where to home school.