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Saturday, July 10, 2010

Arkansas HomeSchool Laws

Every state has different rules and regulations for homeschoolers. I have already written a post on my personal opinion on homeschool regulations. If you would like to read it, you can find it here. Regardless of what I think of regulations, they are there and we must abide by them. Compared to a lot of other states, Arkansas's homeschool laws are a piece of cake. If you will be homeschooling in Arkansas this year, or if you are thinking about it there are a few things you need to know.

Arkansas Homeschool Law states that a parent or guardian must file a Letter of Intent (stating your plans to homeschool), and a Waiver Form( stating that the state of Arkansas is not to be held responsible for the education of your child) no later than August 15th (don't be late) to your local Superintendent, or 2 weeks before you plan on pulling your child out of school if the school year has already begun. If it is your first year homeschooling, you must deliver it in person, if not you can send it in the mail. The entire form must be filled out, signed, and dated. That's all you have to do to get started homeschooling in Arkansas. You are not required to go through any kind of interview or questioning by the school board or superintendent. You do not have to give your reasons for wanting to homeschool. The only other regulation we have is that children in grades 3-9 have to take the Math and Reading portion of the Iowa Test of Basic Skills every spring.

Where to find your homeschool forms? Go to www.arkansashomeschool.org. This is the website for the Arkansas Education Alliance. In addition to homeschool forms, they have a lot of information on homeschooling in Arkansas, support groups, transcripts, etc...

If you have any questions that I can answer for you or you need encouragement, leave me a comment. I would love to hear from you or help however I can!
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