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Arkansas Homeschool Law & Support Groups

Homeschool Law

The following is provided for informational purposes and does not constitute legal advice.

Arkansas Department of Education Rules and Regulations for Home Schools
DOE regulations governing homeschooling.

Special Education Laws and Rules

Arkansas Department of Education Rules and Regulations for Home Schools (section 22.09 on page 5)
"By way of these regulations, it shall be the policy of the State Board of Education that school districts provide a genuine opportunity [see 34 CFR 76.651(a)] to students who are home-schooled with disablities, as defined in state regulations, to access special education and related servicees from the district where they reside. This policy is not to be construed as conferring the prodedural protections and rights under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) to such students and their parents/caregivers."

Arkansas Department of Education: Special Education
State DOE web site for special education. Contact information, policies, rules and regulations and more.

Relevant Court Rulings and Position Papers

I have no information at this time. Please feel free to contact me if you are aware of information I should include here.

Homeschool Support Groups

BELIEVERS Homeschool Association
"The purpose of this association shall be to advance the interests of Christian home educators by all lawful means. This includes, but is not limited to, providing support and assistance to members who are educating children at home, disseminating legislative and other information affecting the rights of parents to direct the education and upbringing of their children, participating in sponsorship of conventions and educational seminars for teaching parents, and public relation activities with state and federal officials. Although we are not evangelistic in nature, we endeavor to be salt and light to the home educating community at large."

Christian Home Educators of Northeast Arkansas
"Believing that the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom; and that we must first disciple our children before evangelizing the world; Christian Home Educators exists to support and encourage home schoolers. We offer our support to all Christian parents who choose home education in order to raise godly, well trained children. Our support consists of providing student activities, social interaction, and corporate educational opportunities not generally available to most homes. We further exist to inform homeshooling parents as to legal and political issues that affect our families. We provide regular meetings for mothers to discuss home schooling concerns and share insight."

Live and Learn
"Are you a homeschool family looking for a place where you and your children can connect, play and explore with other homeschool families? We welcome all homeschoolers, regardless of race, religion, gender or educational philosophy. We are an open and inclusive homeschooling community in the Central Arkansas area. We meet at least once a week for various activities including field trips, park days, theater, library days, arts and crafts, 4-H, play days and more!"

Northwest Arkansas Christian Home Educator's Association
"NWACHEA exists to provide information, encouragement, and support for parents who choose to educate their children at home."

Homeschool Resources

Arkansas Homeschooling
Extensive resources: support groups, e-mail lists, laws and homeschool events.

Getting Started
Tips and resources for getting started with homeschooling.

Legal Issues
Special legal issues facing parents homeschooling children with disabilities.

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