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#1 of 5 Old 12-24-2011, 08:56 AM - Thread Starter
 
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We're hoping to move to upstate NY early next year. We currently homeschool in Vermont and I'm really nervous looking at the NY requirements.

Any advice? Can anyone talk about the reality of meeting the requirements (as oppose to how scary it looks in legalese).

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We are considering moving to NY as well and I was advised to look into its laws as well. So I'll be watching this thread with hopes that someone will give some great info. What I've found online so far are basically, well, I think as long as you keep good records, teach all the important subjects, and allow the kids to take some tests annually in the school district, you'll be fine... That kind of rules out unschooling and I really don't like the idea of the kids needing to pass tests just like the public schoolers. I'm OK with the record keeping parts and teaching a lot of subjects (although we'll be trying to do a European curriculum which switches some things up with which subjects are taught when)... I'm a little worried and would like to have some first-hand info as well from someone who's actually done it. Like, to find out if the tests are very in-depth or if they're just trying to make sure the kids aren't totally behind, etc. Or if you can opt out if you can show good enough record keeping. Etc.

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I also am hoping to get some information about this and will be watching......


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This is the nys laws regarding homeschooling.  I am in NY and it seems like it is difficult to homeschool in any other manner than X ammount of learning hours, testing, reporting etc...  I know of parents who have gotten into trouble for not following the rules to a T.  I don't know if this helps, but good luck!! 

http://www.p12.nysed.gov/part100/pages/10010.html

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Now, er... what exactly is meant by "trouble"? Trouble as in, "please correct this and bring us the properly filled out time sheet or we'll keep phoning your house" or "hey, we called CPS and they're going to show up momentarily to take the kids to their new boarding school-foster homes and take you to jail, have a nice day!!" - or something in between? What are the consequences? I'm not planning to disregard the rules, I like to stay on the right side of regulations when I can, but I'm just curious.

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