Summary of Homeschool Laws
Texas home schools are considered "private schools" by state law. You are required to teach reading, spelling, grammar, mathematics, and good citizenship. The Texas Education Code requires public schools to attend 180 days a year, but there are no minimum requirements set forth for private schools such as a home school.
As a private school, you do not have to let anyone from the school district enter your house or speak to your children without a search warrant. If you receive a written request from the school district to discuss your home schooling efforts, you must respond "in a timely manner" or the school district can file a truancy report based on lack of cooperation. A "letter of assurance" to the school district should state you are meeting the education requirements of reading, spelling, grammar, mathematics, and good citizenship. If you have difficulties, there are home schooling legal defense organizations to help you, such as Texas Home School Coalition and Home School Legal Defense Association.
The bottom line?
- You are a private school and as such, are NOT regulated by the school districts!
- You do NOT have to let school officials or CPS in your house if they "drop in."
- If contacted, politely tell them to put their request in writing and you'll be glad to respond.
- You do not have attendance or testing requirements, only the requirement of teaching reading, spelling, grammar, mathematics, and good citizenship.
For more information on homeschooling laws in Texas, please visit the Home School Legal Defense Association website at: http://www.hslda.org/laws/default.asp?State=TX or Texas Home School Coalition at: http://www.thsc.org/FAQ/default.asp