Originally Posted by Shellie
I'm in CA and personally think it's easy and non-intrusive. We're planning a move to AZ soon and even filing an intent form once kinda rubs me the wrong way--like now I'm in some database of hs'ers or something.
We just moved away from Tucson AZ last summer and it is a wonderful place to homeschool. The intent is no big deal, it is just states that you are responsible for educating your own children and then you and your DH sign it. It is a one time thing. Tucson has 8 homeschooling groups so it is easy to find one to find one you like AND the groups all get together occassionaly for things like spelling bees, science fairs, etc. Once a year they have a "Homeschooling 101" night as a way to provide homeschooling information to any one in the community who is interested. The county superendentant of schools would come to answer legal questions, clarify that special needs kids could still get services through the schools, talk about how great homeschooled kids do on tests, etc. VERY supportive. ( no testing is required)
Also, HSed kids can talk a class at school or play on teams at school if they wish. The homeschooling community was very diverse -- from dresses only Christians to pagan to jews to catholics.
How easy or hard it is to homeschool some place goes way beyond the laws. We are now in Kansas and the laws are easy (we register as a private school, which really meant that we had to come up with a name), but homeschooling here is icky for us right now because we haven't found our nitch.