Legal/Homeschool Laws
Laws that regulate home education vary from state to state. It is important to understand the legal requirements in your state and to be aware of legislative and other legal issues that affect homeschoolers in your community. We've compiled resources that will help you become informed. Although homeschooling is legal in all 50 states, and the vast majority of homeschoolers face no problems, you may find that you need legal assistance at some point in your homeschooling career. We've compiled a list of resources to help you find the support you need. And if you'd like to become more involved in working towards homeschooling freedoms, we discuss some of the issues facing homeschoolers that we hope you find compelling.
State Laws
Read the laws regulating home education in Arkansas and browse through the case law and legal opinions relating to those laws, along with government publications relating to homeschooling and summaries of the laws.
Forms
Which forms do you need to fill out? Where can you get them? Here is a list of useful forms for homeschooling in Arkansas.
Legal Support
If you need legal information or have run into a legal situation regarding your decision to homeschool, these resources will be helpful.
Lobbying Groups
A listing of local and national lobbying groups and information on how you can become involved in the political process to ensure the freedom to homeschool is protected.
Attorneys
When searching for an attorney, it is helpful to know whether he or she has experience working with homeschoolers and is interested in protecting the right to homeschool.
Legal Issues
Is homeschooling legal? Which laws pertain to homeschoolers and which don't? How do homeschoolers protect their rights to freely educate their children and to preserve their privacy?
Government Resources
A listing of local and state government resources, including your state's Department of Education, school districts, and Senate and House of Representative information.
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Arkansas Department of Education Rules and Regulations Governing Home Schools
The rules and regulations set forth by the Arkansas Department of Education pertaining to students who are educated at home.
The Seduction of Homeschooling Families
Do the public school authorities feel threatened by homeschooling? Judging by their efforts to lure homeschooling families into dependence on local school districts, the answer is apparently yes.
Fact Sheet on Home Schooling in Arkansas
This summary of the statues regulating homeschooling in the state of Arkansas is published by the Arkansas Department of Education.
Arkansas Department of Education
Website for the Arkansas Department of Education
Example Notice of Intent to Home School
Sample notice of intent provided by the Arkansas Department of Education.
Fact Sheet on Home Schooling in Arkansas
A comprehensive summary of the laws in Arkansas regulating homeschooling.
Arkansas Homeschool Statute: Act 1793 of 2003
The text of the statute governing home education in Arkansas.
Arkansas Home School Laws
The Home School Legal Defense Association provides a brief summary of the homeschooling laws in Arkansas. Includes a link to a legal analysis of laws relating to homeschooling in Arkansas.
Arkansas Department of Education Home School Information
This section of the Arkansas DOE's website has information regarding the homeschooling law in Arkansas. Includes notice of intent forms, home school waiver form, fact sheets, and more.
Sample Notice of Intent - Part A
Sample notice of intent provided by the Arkansas Department of Education.
ARkansas HOMe Educators (ARHOME)
ARkansas HOMe Educators (ARHOME) is for Arkansas homeschoolers to share information about homeschooling and about legislation in Arkansas that affects homeschooling.
Pierce v. Society of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary
In Pierce v. Society of the Sisters, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that "the fundamental theory of liberty upon which all governments of this Union repose excludes any general power of the state to standardize its children by forcing them to accept instruction from public teachers only. The child is not the creature of the state."
The Politics of Survival: Home Schoolers and the Law
Twenty years ago, home education was treated as a crime in almost every state. Today, it is legal all across America, despite strong and continued opposition from many within the educational establishment. How did this happen? This paper traces the legal and sociological history of the modern home school movement, and then suggests factors that led to this movement's remarkable success.
Sample Home School Waiver Form (Part B)
Sample home school waiver form provided by the Arkansas Department of Education.
Arkansas Home School Law
Text of the Arkansas Code relating to home education. This is Arkansas Code Annotated §6-15-501 through §6-15-508.
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