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Homeschool Law

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

Home Education and Private Tutoring
Homeschooling info from the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

PA Home Education Law
Text of Act 169 of 1988.

Special Education Laws and Rules

Home Education and Special Education
Information on the additional requirements for homeschooling special needs children. Provided by PHEA.

Section 1327 (d):
"Instruction to children of compulsory school age provided in a home education program, as provided for in section 1327.1 of this act, shall be considered as complying with the provisions of this section, except that any student who has been identified pursuant to the provisions of the Education of the Handicapped Act (Public Law 91-230, 20 U.S.C. Pt kol et seq.) as needing special education services, excluding those students identified as gifted and/or talented, shall be in compliance with the requirements of compulsory attendance by participating in a home education program, as defined in section 1327.1, when the program addresses the specific needs of the exceptional student and is approved by a teacher with a valid certificate from the Commonwealth to teach special education or a licensed clinical or certified school psychologist, and written notification of such approval is submitted with the notarized affidavit required under section l327.1). The supervisor of a home education program may request that the school district or intermediate unit of residence provide services that address the specific needs of the exceptional student in the home education program. When the provision of services is agreed to by both the supervisor and the school district or intermediate unit, all services shall be provided in the public schools or in a private school licensed to provide such programs and services."

From the PA DOE Homeschooling FAQ:

What responsibilities does the school district have for students with special needs?

If you believe your child is disabled and in need of special education services, but has not been evaluated, the school district in which you reside is required to evaluate the child, without charge, when you make such a request in writing. The district must hold a multi-disciplinary evaluation meeting with you to explain the results of the evaluation. If you desire special education services, you may enroll your child in the public school to receive a free, appropriate public education, or you may ask the school district to provide service(s). If you ask for services, then you and the school district may come to an agreement as to what services will be provided and where. The school district is not obligated to provide special education services if you do not enroll your child, however. Any services which are agreed to may be provided in a public school or private school which is licensed to provide such programs and services; these services will not be provided in your home.

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

Pittsburgh East Suburban Homeschoolers' Association
"The Pittsburgh East Suburban Homeschoolers' Association (PESHA) was established in 1986 as a homeschooling organization that provides opportunities for homeschooling families to receive and lend support to one another. PESHA has historically been and continues to be an open group led by members with a Christian worldview."

Homeschool Resources

Christian Homeschool Association of Pennsylvania
"CHAP is an acronym for Christian Homeschool Association of Pennsylvania, a nonprofit corporation founded to encourage and support families interested in home education."

"HANDS-ON! Families is the Homeschooling Advocacy Network for Differently-Abled and Specifically-Challenged Families in Pennsylvania."

Pennsylvania Homeschoolers
"PA Homeschoolers is a newsletter co-edited by Susan and Howard Richman with a Backpack section of children's writing edited by Molly Richman. PA Homeschoolers is a network linking homeschoolers in Pennsylvania. PA HOMESCHOOLERS is a publisher publishing the books and guides written by Susan and Howard Richman."

Pennsylvania Home Education Network
"The Pennsylvania Home Education Network is an incorporated, nonprofit, tax exempt, statewide organization of home educating families. PHEN exists to promote freedom and simplicity in home education, to serve all families who educate their children at home regardless of race, religion, creed, sex, national origin, handicap, or educational philosophy, and to inform the general public about home education."

Pennsylvania Home Educators Association
"Pennsylvania Home Educators Association (PHEA) is an inclusive statewide coalition of home educators whose primary purpose is to provide accurate information and advocate for Pennsylvania home educators."

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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