Whose state homeschooling laws do you follow as you travel?
We see this question come up time and again. Homeschool laws are handled at the state level. When you combine homeschooling and travel how do you know you are doing it in a legal fashion?
Most homeschoolers are aware of the Homeschool Legal Defense Association - but if you aren’t familiar with them they are:
...a nonprofit advocacy organization established to defend and advance the constitutional right of parents to direct the upbringing and education of their children and to protect family freedoms. We provide homeschooling-related legal advice and representation to our 84,000+ member families, promote homeschool-friendly legislation at the state and federal levels, and offer information and resources to encourage and support all homeschoolers.HSLDA.org
The HSLDA has the following position:
If you plan to live in another state for a period longer than a month during the time that public schools are in session, HSLDA generally recommends that you comply with the requirements for home education in that state. This general recommendation applies even if you and/or your spouse pays taxes, own property, and/or have employment in another state.HSLDA.org
As a fulltime traveling family we think that it’s impossible to comply with this position. Some of the questions we have include:
- What if you get to a state after the school year has started?
- What if you leave before the school year is done?
- What if you don’t have the type of records a state requires?
- How would you stay sane changing your homeschooling requirements 3-4 times a year?
We Got Curious
We wondered - had anyone actually contacted each state and asked them for input on the issue?
We couldn’t see that anyone had.
So we did.
We looked at each of the 50 states, determined who the most authoritative source on homeschooling in that state was, and contacted them for input on homeschooling legally while in their state for an extended period.
Blog Post Becomes eBook
This started almost two months ago as the idea for a blog post. We’ve spent hours researching the homeschooling situation in each state, contacting appropriate agencies or people, and compiling all of those answers together.
Due to the amount of effort we’ve invested we decided to offer the results as an eBook instead. We’re hoping the sheer time savings alone the book represents will make it worth a few dollars to you.
We see a lot of families scared about homeschooling as they travel. We think the content of this book will ease those fears.
We’ve put the book up on a shiny new Shop section of DitchingSuburbia.com. Head over there to buy Homeschool Legally While You Travel in the USA. If you are a Kindle reader you can grab a Kindle version on Amazon.
Standard mumbo-jumbo…The authors are not lawyers. By choosing to read this document you agree that the authors will not be responsible for any errors or omissions, actions, judgements, lawsuits, claims, loss of money or property, or any other damages resulting from the use of the information contained herein. We are homeschoolers from Michigan and operate our homeschool in accordance with Michigan law. We recommend you augment our findings in this document with your own research appropriate to homeschooling legally in what ever manner you live.