Originally Posted by kewb
I live in one of the easy states, New Jersey. It works out really well for us. No reporting and no state tests.
Yeah... and no attendance, no notification unless you pull them midyear... there's nothing. There's "easy despite what the actual rules are" and then there's "nothin". I'll take "nothin".
Add to it that we have NYC & Philadelphia as a day trip pretty much no matter where you live on top of our own museums and enrichment programs. Many of the museums/attractions run a discounted and/or special "homeschool day" and there are plenty of communities/support groups (there are more secular here than I've seen in a lot of places).
We've scoped relocation to NC, TX, and IL (where we're being force to move due to job relocation). As I understand it, IL isn't horrible, either--no testing, attendance, or registration requirements, AND a very small tax credit. But TX was equally awesome to NJ as far as I could tell in terms of laws/regulations plus they explicitly grant special ed services to homeschoolers where in NJ, it's case law that sets precedent vs. being explicitly given (which just means that if you have a wretched district, you have to argue with them... but I did it and didn't need a lawyer).
NC was hard. Testing (even for special ed students), attendance, etc. No thanks.
VA apparently has organized their homeschoolers such that they employ a lobbyist to their legislature. But I recall thinking "no way" when I saw their rules, too. I just don't remember all of them. I DO know that they require registration that asks you to state if you're homeschooling for religious reasons or not--which struck a nerve in me because it made me think that at the core of our constitution, religious rights are guaranteed and those registered religious would escape some potential future regulation that the others wouldn't. Call me an alarmist, but uhhhh... have you seen the gov't lately?