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Florida (FL) State - Homeschooling Laws and Regulations

Homeschooling is legal in every American state.  The Department of Education states, "Parents in all 50 states and the District of Columbia have the option to home school their children" (Department of Education, NCES). School attendance is compulsory for all children; however, parents have the legal right to withdrawal their children from government schools to enroll them in qualified private schools or to educate their children at home.  This is only proper considering the fact that the duty and the right to educate the next generation were appointed by God to parents even before God created governments.

Each state has laws that govern matters such as how parents are to declare their intention to homeschool and what topics must be included in your home-education program.  Some states require periodic standardized tests and more formal records be maintained. One of the great benefits of homeschooling is the liberty of homeschooling parents to choose their own curriculum.  GETTING STARTED CAN FEEL OVERWHELMING, BUT MULTITUDES OF PARENTS ARE HOMESCHOOLING AND SO CAN YOU!  It is my pleasure to help your research efforts.  Below are links to key government and non-government pages.

Florida:  "The parent or legal guardian must notify the superintendent of schools of the county in which the parent or guardian resides of his or her intent to establish a home education program. The notice must be in writing, signed by the parent or guardian, and must include the names, addresses, and birth dates of the children being home schooled. The parent or guardian is not required to hold a valid regular Florida certificate to teach. Fla. Stat. 228.041. The parent or guardian must maintain a portfolio of records and materials. The portfolio must consist of the following: a log of educational activities that induces the title of any reading materials used; a sample of any writings, worksheets, workbooks, or creative materials used or developed by the student. The portfolio must be kept for two years. Fla. Stat. 232.0201. The parent or guardian must provide for an annual educational evaluation to document pupil academic progress at a level commensurate with his or her ability. The parent or guardian selects the method of evaluation and files a copy annually with the superintendent's office in the resident county. If the pupil does not demonstrate adequate progress, the superintendent shall notify the parents in writing. The parent or guardian will have one year to provide remedial instruction to the pupil. Continuation in the home education program is contingent on the pupil demonstrating education progress at the end of the probationary period. Fla. Stat. 232.0201. The requirements of the school day in s. 228.041 do not apply to home education programs." (Source:  "State Regulation of Private Schools," Florida, by the U.S. Department of Education Office of Non-Public Education (2000).)



Disclaimer:  Balancing the Sword makes no claims about the timeliness nor the completeness of the links or legal information posted.  These homeschooling laws and legal information are being provided free of charge.  Postings of rules and regulations are subject to change.  Seek the advice of other home-educating parents or homeschooling organizations in your area for more help or contact your county superintendent of schools.  Plan to file a Notice of Intent to homeschool with your county superintendent or child's current principal.  (This document may also be known as an Affidavit of Intent, a Letter of Intent, a Notification of Intent, or a Declaration of Intent.  Sample from Tennessee.)   

Homeschooling Conventions in Florida (FL)
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