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I'm sorry, Homeschooling is illegal in this district.

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Oh this soothed a part of my soul that has been aching for a very long time. Link.

I went into the office of my daughters school today. I needed help logging into this site that lets me view her grades. While I was there, an office worker pulled me into her office.

She said, "Savannah mentioned she is going to homeschool?"

Me "Yes, it looks that way. "Her poor attendance coupled with her poor grades leads me believe that's the best option for her."

With a look full of concern she tells me, "I'm sorry, I'm afraid homeschooling is illegal in this school district except for medical reasons." "If you pull her out, she'll be considered truant and you can go to jail."

Me, "That won't be an issue." "Homeschooling isn't illegal in this state." "I will be teaching her myself."

Her, "I'm sorry, but unless you have a teaching credential, you can't do that."

I sweetly smiled back. "Actually I can." "According to California State law all I need to do is submit a homeschooling affidavit that declares my home a private school. As long as I have less than 15 students, and I assure I do, I don't need one.

She gaped at me for a moment, then said, "Oh...well um, okay then." "Just let us know when you're going to oull her out."

by on Sep. 13, 2013 at 12:16 PM
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by on Sep. 14, 2013 at 5:37 AM
Quoting Mama2JoshKatie:

Good for you! You know your rights and she couldn't intimidate you. Homeschooling is legal in all 50 states, whether school districts like it or not.

LovedNCherished by my boo since 09/16/06...Stay At Home,Homeschooling Momma to GeMya 01/04/08 & Israel 12/08/12. Team work makes the Dream work.
by on Sep. 14, 2013 at 2:05 PM

Good for you!!!!  You stood up for ALL OF US with those words!!  

I've never heard of it being illegal in specific districts.  I have heard that in some districts, they can disqualify any/all homeschool credits.  Alot of them do require placement tests if a child is put back into ps.  She may not have known the intelligent way to convey the proper information (to give her the benefit of the doubt without calling her a liar with intimidation tactics).  

by on Sep. 14, 2013 at 2:37 PM
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way to go

by Silver Member on Sep. 14, 2013 at 2:38 PM

Your district sounds incredibly difficult. I had NO problem pulling my daughter out.

I am a Home Schooling, Vaccinating, Non spanking, Nightmare Cuddling, Dessert Giving, Bedtime Kissing, Book Reading, Stay at Home Mom. I believe in the benefit of organized after school activities and nosy, involved parents. I believe in spoiling my children. I believe that I have seen the village and I do not want it anywhere near my children. Now for the controversial stuff:  we're Catholic, we're conservative, and we own guns (now there's no need to ask, lol).             Aimee

by on Sep. 14, 2013 at 4:04 PM
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Good for you! That's wonderful that you were armed with knowledge ahead of time. Best wishes for you and your daughter as you enter this new phase of your lives too.
by on Sep. 14, 2013 at 5:20 PM
Great Job!
by on Sep. 14, 2013 at 5:29 PM
Good for you!! I am so happy you kept your cool and you showed her! I love that you knew just what to say, I am always surprised when I hear people say that people think it's illegal to HS! I haven't run into anyone that has said it's illegal..yet. You should be very proud of yourself :) you are doing what you feel is right for your child and you are showing your confidence in doing it! Way to go!
by on Sep. 15, 2013 at 1:15 AM
by on Sep. 15, 2013 at 2:40 PM
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I had a similar incident happen to me last year right before we started homeschooling.  The only difference is that the woman didn't say it was illegal to homeschool, she just told me that "homeschooling doesn't work in our area because parents give up and end up putting their kids back into school."  Now, before I went to talk to this woman, who works in the local school board, I looked up a homeschool group in our so-called area and there are over 200 families that are a part of this group.  Obviously, it's working and the numbers show it.  When I told her about this group, she said "Wow, I guess I only see those who give up. I don't ever hear about those who are actually doing it."  If I had not looked up the group and talked to some experienced homeschool moms before I went to her office, I would have been intimidated and wanted to quit before I start.

by on Sep. 15, 2013 at 2:43 PM
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Good for you mama!!!
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