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Legal Issues

Fortunately, homeschooling is legal in every state in the U.S. The laws vary considerably from state to state, however. Be sure to check out the laws for your state.

As a parent homeschooling a child with disabilities, you may face some special legal issues. In some states, parents must have the permission of the school district to homeschool a child with disabilities. You may, or may not, be able to access IEP services as a homeschooler. Your IEP team may be able to approve or deny your decision to homeschool.

There is no need to be fearful, just be prepared and aware of your rights and responsibilities under the law.

Legal Help
This list is an opportunity for homeschoolers to contact homeschooling attorneys and experts about homeschooling legal and litigation issues.

Legal Issues and Alerts

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Related Resources

"The EDLAW Center was established to provide assistance on a systemic level to attorneys who represent parents of children with disabilities. It is premised on the recognition that, while securing an appropriate education for any single child with a disability is important, changes on a systemic level are necessary to enable all children with disabilities to obtain the free appropriate public education promised them by the law."

Hooks v. Clark County School District
Affirming a judgment of the district court in part, the court of appeals held that under the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA), states have discretion in determining whether lawful home education constitutes an IDEA-qualified "private school."

Common Concerns About Homeschooling
Discussion of common concerns parents have about homeschooling.

Handling Friends & Family
Suggestions for answering questions, handling delicate situations and setting good boundaries with family and friends regarding homeschooling.

Homeschooling Pros & Cons
A discussion of the advantages and disadvantages of homeschooling a deaf or hard of hearing child.

I am beginning to suspect all elaborate and special systems of education. They seem to me to be built up on the supposition that every child is a kind of idiot who must be taught to think. - Anne Sullivan

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