I'm being told that a couple of the MPASSa folks are so fed up with the current state of affairs that they're looking into homeschooling. The problem is they're getting some bogus advice. Like most parents suddenly finding themselves looking at this education option they need some accurate information quickly. In an odd turn of events, since many of them aren't happy about my SSA support or tenure on the BOE, the best place to go is my own website for homeschooling. No matter which end of this debate we're on--misinformation must be cleared up. I promise I won't bite, abuse, make fun of or quote you if you need to ask for more specific information. The goal is to help you find the right education choice for your children.
Let me suggest those interested parents start at http://TnHomeEd.com/HSLaws.html, then move on to http://TnHomeEd.com/FAQ.html.
And to answer a couple of points immediately:
1. No, you generally cannot ask other people to 'homeschool' your children for you. Anything more than a tutoring situation or a cooperative class becomes private education, not homeschooling.Disclaimer: I AM NOT A LAWYER. Any legal information provided on this website is for informational purposes only and should not be considered complete, professional legal advice.
2. No, the state doesn't certify anyone to homeschool and neither does the Home School Legal Defense Association. You're the parent. That's certification enough. There is a rule about high schoolers and parents having a BA/BS degree but there are legal accommodations that can be made.
3. Yes, you can pull your child from the public school at any point in the year and register them with either the LEA or a church-related school.
4. My support for SSA was motivated by a desire to help a great principal's effort to expand the success in her school to the rest of MNPS--it wasn't part of an EVILE plot to increase the number of homeschoolers. ;-)