Legal/Homeschool Laws
Laws that regulate home education vary from state to state. It is important to understand the legal requirements in your state and to be aware of legislative and other legal issues that affect homeschoolers in your community. We've compiled resources that will help you become informed. Although homeschooling is legal in all 50 states, and the vast majority of homeschoolers face no problems, you may find that you need legal assistance at some point in your homeschooling career. We've compiled a list of resources to help you find the support you need. And if you'd like to become more involved in working towards homeschooling freedoms, we discuss some of the issues facing homeschoolers that we hope you find compelling.
State Laws
Read the laws regulating home education in Florida and browse through the case law and legal opinions relating to those laws, along with government publications relating to homeschooling and summaries of the laws.
Forms
Which forms do you need to fill out? Where can you get them? Here is a list of useful forms for homeschooling in Florida.
Legal Support
If you need legal information or have run into a legal situation regarding your decision to homeschool, these resources will be helpful.
Lobbying Groups
A listing of local and national lobbying groups and information on how you can become involved in the political process to ensure the freedom to homeschool is protected.
Attorneys
When searching for an attorney, it is helpful to know whether he or she has experience working with homeschoolers and is interested in protecting the right to homeschool.
Legal Issues
Is homeschooling legal? Which laws pertain to homeschoolers and which don't? How do homeschoolers protect their rights to freely educate their children and to preserve their privacy?
Government Resources
A listing of local and state government resources, including your state's Department of Education, school districts, and Senate and House of Representative information.
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EL9: Home Education Student Academic Progress Report
Florida High School Athletic Association form EL9, Home Education Student Academic Progress Report. This form is necessary if the student was approved by the FHSAA office and participated in interscholastic athletics as a home education student during the first semester of this school year and wishes to continue to participate during the second semester. If this is the case, complete and file this form with the principal or FHSAA representative of the school the student is continuing to represen...
Daily/Weekly Log
This form is used to track reading materials used during the week.
Orange County School Board
There are eight members that make up the Orange County School Board. Seven are elected from the single district which they represent, where each must reside in that district; and one is elected county wide and serves as the chairman of the school board.
EL7: Registration Form for Home Education Student to Participate in Athletic Program at Member School
Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) form EL7, Registration Form for Home Education Student to Participate in Athletic Program at Member School. This form must be completed each year and filed with the principal of the school that the student will represent before the student can be permitted to participate in practice sessions. This form must be retained until the student’s limit of opportunity for eligibility has expired.
Lake County School Board
Lake County is divided into five districts with one school member residing in each district. All members serve a four-year term. Visit the Board Calendar for dates of meetings, agendas and minutes for the current school year. Also find contact information for each school board member.
Home Education Annual Evaluation Form
Sample home education annual evaluation form in pdf format.
ParentalRights.org
ParentalRights.org envisions a world where the vital child-parent relationship is protected and preserved. Their campaign exists to secure a constitutional amendment that defends the rights of parents to direct the upbringing and education of their children. They believe that no government, regardless of how well-intentioned it might be, can replace the love and nurture of a parent in the life of a child. Their our sole purpose is to amend the U.S. Constitution to protect parental rights. Withou...
1007.263 Community colleges; admissions of students.
(2) Admission to associate degree programs is subject to minimum standards adopted by the State Board of Education and shall require: (a) A standard high school diploma, a high school equivalency diploma as prescribed in s. 1003.435, previously demonstrated competency in college credit postsecondary coursework, or, in the case of a student who is home educated, a signed affidavit submitted by the student's parent or legal guardian attesting that the student has completed a home education p...
Notice of Intent to Home Educate Sample
Sample printable form of notice of intent to home educate.
High School Transcript Form
A sample blank transcript form.
Gadsden County Schools
Website for Gadsden County Schools.
Sample Notice of Intent to Establish and Maintain a Home Education Program
A sample of a letter sent to the county school board stating intent to home-educate one's child(ren).
Affidavit for High School Completion
Sample affidavit for high school completion form.
1003.43 General requirements for high school graduation.
Addresses the miniumum of 24 academic credits needed for graduation. States the distribution of those credits.
The Home Education Foundation (HEF)
HEF was established in 1991 to raise support and direct lobbying for home education in Florida. HEF exists to safeguard existing legislation and evaluate future legislation.
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