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We are moving from our second 'easy' homeschooling state to Pa.yikes2.gif


So, obviously without posting anything incriminatingbag.gif, is it really that big of a deal not to register? 


Does anyone have any experience with this, or know someone who does?


I think I would rather live with the stress of not registering than the stress of jumping through all their hoops.nut.gif



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Try posting this under the home school board and see if you get more answers.

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Thanks.  I should have said- I cross-posted there last night.

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People do it here, for sure. I have known a few. But it *is* hugely stressful. I was underground for a few years and I find reporting (though unquestionably a PITA) *much* less stressful than looking over my shoulder.

I have never known anyone who was caught underground losing their kids in PA. But I wouldn't want to go through, and put my kids through, a truancy proceeding. And I definitely wouldn't have wanted to deal with an order to put my kids in school (the most likely penalty if you are caught).

I don't recommend it. There is a great deal of support in PA to help you comply with the reporting law as minimally as possible. It really is doable. I report for three kids and it is manageable.

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I didn't find a need for it when I was homeschooling here.  The reporting is easy and at least in my experience, the school district was really helpful and handed me a paper with exactly what I needed to do.

In fact, I would label PA as an easy homeschooling state. 

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