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Iowa Homeschool Law & Support Groups

Homeschool Law

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

Iowa Statute 299A.1 - Private Instruction
Definition of competent private instruction (including minimum days of instruction and course of study).

Iowa Statute 299A.3 - Private Instruction by Non-Licensed Person
Iowa reporting requirements for parents homeschooling their children.

Iowa Statute 299A.4 - Annual achievement evaluations -- requirements and procedure
Annual assessment requirements for homeschooled children.

Special Education Laws and Rules

Iowa Statue 299A.9 - Children Requiring Special Education
It appears that homeschooled children are eligible for special education services in Iowa. However, the homeschool placement must be approved by the director of special education of the area education agency.

"A child of compulsory attendance age who is identified as requiring special education under chapter 256B is eligible for placement under competent private instruction with prior approval of the placement by the director of special education of the area education agency of the child's district of residence.

A child who has been placed under competent private instruction, whose performance indicates that the child may require special education, shall be referred for evaluation under chapter 256B and the rules of the state board of education. Evaluation shall occur at a time and a place to be determined by the person responsible for conducting the evaluation. Persons conducting the evaluations shall make every reasonable effort to conduct the evaluations at times and places which are convenient for the parent, guardian, or legal custodian."

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

Homes Offering Postive Education
"The Mission of HOPE is to provide information, inspiration and support to area home educating families. All are welcome to attend our meetings where we strive to provide a time of encouragement and an atmosphere of sharing. We have a leadership team (known as the CORE leaders) which meets on a regular basis to plan activities."

The Network of Iowa Christian Home Educators
NICHE exists to provide support and information to home educating families in the state of Iowa. NICHE is a Christian organization dedicated to observing the Biblical commands of : Deuteronomy 6:4-9, Proverbs 22:6, and Ephesians 6:4.

Purposeful Education And Christian Encouragement
"The PEACE Homeschooling Group was founded by a group of homeschool parents seeking support and encouragement in the education of their children. We are a Christian homeschooling group. We geographically limit the growth of our group to those within the Pella, Iowa Area School District, and will consider those members of the immediate neighboring communities that are without their own local homeschool support group as space allows."
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Homeschool Resources

Homeschool Iowa Yahoo! Group
"This page is for discussion of topics related to homeschooling in Iowa. Posting of events,organizations and homeschool websites is welcome."

Iowans Caring about Homeschooling Internet Support Yahoo! Group
"This list is happy to have Christians of all denominations, and anyone wanting to learn more about homeschooling in IA."

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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