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 Kentucky 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 Kentucky.
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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Kentucky Home School Requirements & Information
Kentucky Department of Education information site with a summary of the laws pertaining to home education.
Kentucky Revised Statute KRS 159.160 Attendance reports to superintendent.
The principal or teacher in charge of any public, private, or parochial school shall report to the superintendent of schools of the district in which the school is situated the names, ages, and places of residence of all pupils in attendance at his school, together with any other facts that the superintendent may require to facilitate carrying out the laws relating to compulsory attendance and employment of children. The reports shall be made within two (2) weeks of the beginning of each school ...
Rose v. Council for Better Education
Rose V. Council for Better Education, Inc., 790 S.W.2d 186, 60 Ed. Law Rep. 1289 (1989), established education as a fundamental right in Kentucky. This is the text of that decision.
Kentucky Revised Statute KRS 158.080 Private and parochial schools -- Courses -- Term.
Stipulates that private and parochial schools shall be taught in the English language. Requires that instruction in the several branches of study required to be taught in the public schools are offered, consistent with KRS 156.445(3). Discusses the required length of the term of the school. The minimum school term is 185 days, which includes 175 days of instruction.
Kentucky Home Education Association (KHEA)
Kentucky Home Education Association is a non-sectarian organization open to all conscientious supporters of home education – without regard to race, color, creed or religion. They are the oldest, statewide homeschooling organization. Their purpose is to recognize, encourage, and protect the inalienable, God-given right of parents to educate their children at home; to monitor legislation as it relates to home education; to disseminate information concerning pertinent home education issues; to...
Kentucky Home School Laws
The Home School Legal Defense Association provides a brief summary of the homeschooling laws in Kentucky. Includes a link to a legal analysis of laws relating to homeschooling in Kentucky.
Rose v. Council for Better Education
Summary of Rose v. Council for Better Education decision. The court was asked to determine whether the existing educational funding system, which includes a minimum foundation level and "power equalization formula", was an efficient system of funding as required by section 183 of the Kentucky constitution. The Kentucky Supreme Court affirmed the lower courts ruling that the existing system of finance did not satisfy the requirement of an efficient educational system.
Home School Information Packet and Best Practices Document
The Home School Information Packet And Best Practices Document was prepared as a joint effort by the Christian Home Educators of Kentucky, the Kentucky Home Education Association and the Kentucky Directors of Pupil Personnel. The purpose of the document is to assist home school parents and Kentucky school personnel.
Christian Home Educators of Kentucky (CHEK)
Christian Home Educators of Kentucky (CHEK) is a statewide home schooling educational and informational organization established to assist families who choose to educate their children according to the dictates of their conscience and their fundamental rights as parents. CHEK's goal is to better equip home schoolers with the necessary skills, tools, and information to successfully fulfill their convictions and the God-mandated responsibility to train and educate their children in the nurture and...
Kentucky Revised Statute 158.070 School term
Details on the length of the school term.
Recognition of Credits for Non-Public & Home Schooling
Discusses the transfer of credits from a home school to a publich school. The local school district is responsible for the appropriate assignment of a student transferring from a nonaccredited secondary school to the class or grade best suited for the student.
Kentucky Revised Statute KRS 159.030 Exemptions from compulsory attendance.
This statute details the requirement for compulsory school attendance for all children between the ages of 6 and 16. Those who are enrolled and regularly attending a non-public school are exempt from this provision.
Kentucky Revised Statute KRS 159.010 Parent or custodian to send child to school
Section (2) refers to children between the ages of 16 and 18 who wish to terminate their public or nonpublic education prior to graduating from high school. Stipulates requirements to be fulfilled for this exemption to be granted.
Kentucky Department of Education
The Kentucky Department of Education is a service agency of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The department provides resources and guidance to Kentucky's public schools and districts as they implement the state's K-12 education requirements. The department also serves as the state liaison for federal education requirements and funding opportunities.
Kentucky Revised Statute KRS 159.040 Attendance at private and parochial schools.
Attendance at private and parochial schools shall be kept by the authorities of such schools in a register provided by the Kentucky Board of Education, and such school authorities shall make attendance and scholarship reports in the same manner as is required by law or by regulation of the Kentucky Board of Education of public school officials. Such schools shall at times be open to inspection by directors of pupil personnel and officials of the Department of Education.
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