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 Ohio 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 Ohio.
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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Part-Time Participation: Problems and Pitfalls
Discusses testing with school districts, Ohio Proficiency Tests, assessment options and filing procedures, and participation in school-offered testing.
Ohio Home Education Notification Form
Home Education Notification Form provided by Erie Islands Homeschool Association (EIHSA).
Ohio State Regulations
A brief summary of the laws regulating home education in the state of Ohio.
Ohio Home School Laws from HSLDA
The Home School Legal Defense Association provides a brief summary of the homeschooling laws in Ohio. Includes a link to a legal analysis of laws relating to homeschooling in Ohio.
3301-34-04 Academic assessment.
(A) The parent(s) shall send to the superintendent an academic assessment report of the child for the previous school year at the time of supplying subsequent notification. (B) The academic assessment report shall include one of the following: (1) Results of a nationally normed, standardized achievement test. (a) Such test shall be administered by: (i) A licensed or certified teacher; or (ii) Another person mutually agreed upon by the parent(s) and the superintendent; or (iii) ...
3301-34-03 Notification.
(A) A parent who elects to provide home education shall supply the following information to the superintendent: (1) School year for which notification is made; (2) Name of parent, address, and telephone number (telephone number optional); (3) Name, address, and telephone number (telephone number optional) of person(s) who will be teaching the child the subjects set forth in paragraph (A)(5) of this rule, if other than the parent; (4) Full name and birthdate of child to be educated at...
So... Your District is After "Bad" Homeschoolers
No doubt, school districts have a sincere desire to do their very best for children in their jurisdiction and, indeed, there are parents who are using homeschooling inappropriately. But consider this has always been the case. It remains that making it more difficult for good homeschoolers will not discourage bad homeschoolers. This same argument is often used when truancy is used against homeschoolers. Frankly, this is a very flawed argument: bad laws do not discourage bad people - they only int...
Ohio Department of Education
This website serves as the official web presence for the Ohio Department of Education.
Home School Textbook and Curriculum List
Home School Textbook and Curriculum List as required by O.A.C. 3301-34-03 Notification Section 6 and 7; for informational purposes only.
Home Education Notification Form
A sample home education notification form for the state of Ohio.
Academic Assessment Report, Option #2 - Written Narrative
Academic Assessment Report, Option #2 - Written Narrative.
Dealing With a School District Exceeding Its Authority
Every day we hear stories about districts which are exceeding their authority with respect to homeschooling regulations...and that's just the point. They are exceeding their authority. They are breaking the rules. We are expected to follow the rules and so should they. But, who will remind them if not us? Who will educate them regarding our rights and responsibilities and their own regulatory obligations if not us? Who will safeguard our rights to homeschool, according to the current regulations...
Sample Answers to #6 and #7 on Home Education Notification Form
Brief outline of intended curriculum and abbreviated list of materials to be used.
3301-34-06 Placement in school.
The school district of residence shall enroll or reenroll a child who has been home educated without discrimination or prejudice. The superintendent shall determine the appropriate placement of such child in accordance with section 3319.01 of the Revised Code. In making the placement decision, the superintendent shall consider: (A) The child's most recent annual academic assessment report; (B) Requiring the child to take any or all of the nationally normed, standardized achievement tests t...
Where should Ohio homeschoolers send Home Education Notification Forms?
Because of a recent change in wording in the Ohio Revised Code 3321.04, there has been some confusion as to where Ohio homeschoolers should send their homeschool notifications.
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