Legal/Homeschool Laws
Laws that regulate home education vary from state to state. It is important to understand the legal requirements in your state and to be aware of legislative and other legal issues that affect homeschoolers in your community. We've compiled resources that will help you become informed. Although homeschooling is legal in all 50 states, and the vast majority of homeschoolers face no problems, you may find that you need legal assistance at some point in your homeschooling career. We've compiled a list of resources to help you find the support you need. And if you'd like to become more involved in working towards homeschooling freedoms, we discuss some of the issues facing homeschoolers that we hope you find compelling.
State Laws
Read the laws regulating home education in Delaware and browse through the case law and legal opinions relating to those laws, along with government publications relating to homeschooling and summaries of the laws.
Forms
Which forms do you need to fill out? Where can you get them? Here is a list of useful forms for homeschooling in Delaware.
Legal Support
If you need legal information or have run into a legal situation regarding your decision to homeschool, these resources will be helpful.
Lobbying Groups
A listing of local and national lobbying groups and information on how you can become involved in the political process to ensure the freedom to homeschool is protected.
Attorneys
When searching for an attorney, it is helpful to know whether he or she has experience working with homeschoolers and is interested in protecting the right to homeschool.
Legal Issues
Is homeschooling legal? Which laws pertain to homeschoolers and which don't? How do homeschoolers protect their rights to freely educate their children and to preserve their privacy?
Government Resources
A listing of local and state government resources, including your state's Department of Education, school districts, and Senate and House of Representative information.
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The New Face of Homeschooling
As their ranks increase, homeschoolers are tapping public schools for curriculum, part-time classes, extracurricular services, and online learning.
Primer on Individual Lobbying
This is a list of tips for effective lobbying. Includes ways to lobby, things you can do now, and how to connect with other lobbyists.
Political Influence
Every important movement or trend in this country was followed by an onslaught of legislative actions which resulted in some legal stipulations that controlled the trend. What is really of concern is that this legislative control is not static, but very fluid, subject to change (meaning more restrictions in many cases). These changes occur through either more legislative actions on the part of the government or through interpretation in the judicial system. Currently, the homeschool movement is...
Keeping Homeschooling Private
Homeschoolers have been vigilant in protecting their rights, rising to the occasion when they discover threats to clamp down on their activities. Discusses some of the criticisms by opponents of homeschooling, along with the examples of some legal fights in Connecticut and Montana.
Delaware Home School Laws
The Home School Legal Defense Association provides a brief summary of the homeschooling laws in Delaware. Includes a link to a legal analysis of laws relating to homeschooling in Delaware.
Delaware Education Law Awareness
Delaware Education Law Awareness is an email list discussing new and current legislation that affects parents' rights in directing the education of their children.
U.S. Department of Education
The website for the U.S. Department of Education.
Delaware Statute - Title 14, Part 1, Chapter 27, 2701-2704.
Education - Free Public Schools. Chapter 27 - School Attendance. Subchapter I - School Attendance Requirements. This statute pertains to exemptions for those parents who chose to educate their children at home. See specifically sections 2703 (Private school attendance or other educational instruction) and 2703A (Homeschools defined). Section 2704 pertains to reporting requirements.
Universal Preschool
There is a national campaign to institutionalize all preschoolers through government funded and/or mandated "universal preschool." This group seeks to redefine universal preschool as an unheralded worldwide community of loving, functional parents who exercise their right and authority to nurture and teach their young children at home.
Legal Directory By State
The Association of HomeSchool Attorneys (AHSA) provides a list of attorneys who consult with and/or represent homeschoolers.
Delaware Department of Education
The website for the Delaware Department of Education.
Homeschool Registration Forms
Provided by the Delaware Department of Education. Includes Single-Family Homeschool Registration Form, Multi-Family Homeschool Registration Form, and Single-Family Homeschool Coordinated With the Local School District Registration Form.
Delaware Home Education Association (DHEA)
DHEA is a non-profit, all volunteer association of Delaware homeschoolers. Promotes homeschooling in the state of Delaware to maintain the least restrictive environment in which to homeschool. Also interacts with the Legislature and Department of Education on homeschooling issues, and provides information to homeschoolers in Delaware so that they can interact with their elected representatives on homeschooling issues.
Safeguarding Home Education Freedoms at the Local Level
While many parents may not have the opportunity to influence legislation regarding home education on the state level, there are ways to be involved on a local level.
Association of HomeSchool Attorneys (AHSA)
AHSA is an informal network of attorneys and legal experts in the United States supporting homeschooling and homeschoolers by providing legal information about homeschooling issues, empowering homeschoolers to have the legal tools they need to meet homeschooling challenges, and providing a network of attorneys for legal representation. The website includes a legal directory by state.
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