Yeah the states are spying. They loose money, lots and lots of money when your kid is not in scholl. Plus educators think thier job is really important and feel that if you take your child out of school you are dissing them. Also, many feel that because they had to go to school for 4-6 years to this job, if you haven't gone to school for education than you probably don't know how to teach. The list goes on, but it is mostly a power trip. Same thing as midwives and Dr.
In South Dakota we don't have to keep records, thank goodness, we would really have to fudge to come up with four hours everyday for 190 days. We have to take standardized tests three times (2nd, 4th, and 6th) but that is kinda a joke. The way the law is written Madeline will be taking the 2nd grade test when she is almost 9. No sweat. We can also pick whichever test we want and I am pretty sure we can bring it home. Other than that noone in my town has been harassed. We are the biggest city in the state (yes, that is pittiful) so most students blend in. In smaller towns where one family is homeschooling they are more likely to stick out and get harrassed.
i like the atmoshere here but wish we could move back to Texas, where I first learned about the wonders of homeschooling. Where I knew more homeschooling people than I did public schooled people (and I went to a public school). I love TX.