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#1 of 38 Old 07-15-2008, 10:01 AM - Thread Starter
 
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Hi,

DH, DS and I are planning on moving in a few years and our number one criteria is being in a state that is not very involved in homeschooling. We want to be free to unschool our children without any interference (i.e. progress reports, testing, reviews, etc.) Does anyone have any ideas? We are open to almost anywhere. We are aware that Alaska has excellent homeschooling laws. Any other ideas? Thanks Mamas!

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Illinois. Homeschool=private school, we have never had to report to anyone.
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Texas. Homeschools are private schools. No testing, no reporting, no nothing.

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Texas. Homeschools are private schools. No testing, no reporting, no nothing.
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Arizona, no testing or real oversight just have to fill out a letter of intent :

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Illinois. Homeschool=private school, we have never had to report to anyone.
: And access to Chicago with fabulous museums and cultural events, the lake, woodsy Wisconsin not too far away, also makes it great for any kind of homeschooling.

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In Montana you just have to submit a letter of intent and then at the end of the year you say "Jonny has received xx hours of education." xx=whatever the state requirement is - I can't think of it right now.
I'm glad to see this thread though as we are planning a move within the next year. Anyone know about Idaho?

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Texas. Homeschools are private schools. No testing, no reporting, no nothing.
Yet another reason to move to Austin. As though I have a choice.

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I'm in Massachusetts and I have never had to "answer" to anyone. My particular town asks me to submit a report of some kind once a year but openly admits they have no right to ask.

I think as much as the state is important, so is the city/town, as they can give you a hard time and make it difficult.
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Texas is great. No letters of intent or anything else.
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Just an extra plug for Alaska! Breathtaking beauty and good homeschooling laws...what else does anyone need?
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I've always said if someone gives me problems with homeschooling that I'm going to move to Texas. Florida does have a private school option that allows for easy unschooling too but I have always heard Texas is great.
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another plug for arizona. Phoenix has so many HS resourses that are fun based on a child's interests. Great natural resources (desert, forests, lakes, red rocks of sedona). Houses are dirt cheap here now as well.

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Michigan.
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Illinois. There is an unruly school superintendent who has given folks around Henry County (where we live) some trouble in the past, but it never amounts to much. He tries to bluff.... like he has some authority to OK your curricula or something. It never amounts to much though, because he has no legal leg to stand on. There is a letter you have to sign IF "they" request it.... otherwise you don't even have to waste the ink. We are in rural Illinois.

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AZ for sure.
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CA is pretty easy (register as a private school, like others have said for their state), but I don't plan to unschool here long. It is too, too, too crowded!

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NM is pretty easy. Letter of intent and if you don't, the penalty for not sending one it is...sending one in.
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another az vote here! all you have to do is an affidavit at the beginning of their school career. that is it. it lasts them for their whole school life!

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I think in CT you don't have to register or report at all...but if you do start reporting I've heard you may not be able to just drop reporting.
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california seems pretty easy altho my lo is not yet 9 months old sooo i hae a while before i find out. if you homeschool you just register as a private school though.

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Wisconsin is easy. You mail an affidavit to the state every year that doesn't even have your children's names on it, and you're done. There is a requirement to cover certain subjects, but it's stuff you could hardly avoid if you're living a rich life, and there's no legal way for them to check up on you. :

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Another vote for Sunny ARIZONA :

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Nobody has said Oklahoma yet, but there is no none zero regulation whatsoever, and homeschooling is guaranteed by the state Constitution.
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Fee, I was shocked no one had said Oklahoma yet, but I have to back that. Much like Texas, only with it written into the state constitution. We love it here!

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Thanks for all of the responses... SO helpful! Maybe we can make this a sticky?


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Anyone know about Idaho?
We moved from Idaho two+ years ago, the only requirement was to send a notice of intent to homeschool to the esd, once, then nothing ever again.
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We moved from Idaho two+ years ago, the only requirement was to send a notice of intent to homeschool to the esd, once, then nothing ever again.
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How's the climate for unschooling in Missouri?

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