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FAQs

Q:

What are the benefits of being a CHEF of Baton Rouge member?

A:

Members can fellowship and participate in Support Group activities, communicate through the website Forum, get involved in Clubs, and participate in a formal Graduation and competitive Sports programs for homeschoolers. Members also receive a valuable monthly Newsletter, access to a Membership Directory, a Calendar of CHEF Events, Father/Daughter picnic, Father/Son campout, Christmas Tea, and many other fee & free events for homeshoolers in the area.
 
Member discount to HSLDA.  Call or email the CHEF President for the discount code at president@chefbr.org.
 
Currently members of CHEF BR have a group membership to LRCE (Louisiana Resource Center for Educators). LRCE offers a variety of educational materials for free to CHEF BR Members. Otherwise use of the LRCE is $35.00 per family. Catalog of materials available can be found at www.lrce.org

Q:

I'm new to homeschooling. Who can I talk to for more information?

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If you have any questions, please email us at president@chefbr.org or call our voice mail at (225) 755-0670 and we will return your call at our earliest convenience. Please leave a message if we don't answer. We all homeschool too. We are all volunteers, and we look forward to hearing from you!   Also, you could ATTEND the CHEF of Baton Rouge Homeschool Kickoff seminar (usually held in late July or early August).   Information about the Kickoff will be available on the website in the weeks prior to the event.  Members also enjoy use of regional volunteer support groups.  Go to "Support Groups" on this website for contact information.

Q:

Is it legal to homeschool children that are not your own?  What are the laws,  if any, regarding that?

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 It is our understanding that the intent of La. R.S. 17:236.1 is for the Parent/Legal Guardian to perform the education in their home.  According to La. R.S. 17:236 (definition of a school), anyone (individual, church, business) may start a private school.  In order to operate legally, the school must meet the specifications in this definition and must also fulfill the state requirements included in La. R.S. 17:232 concerning attendance records and annual notification of enrollment, and La. R.S. 17:221.3 concerning notice to a public school a student leaves.

In the case of a parent starting such a school for the purpose of teaching his own children, fulfilling the requirements of the statutes mentioned above will satisfy state and local laws. However, when an individual decides to take in other students, especially if any fees are involved (such as tuition), things get more complicated. The law looks upon this as a business (whether it's for profit or not), and other legal requirements and obligations arise at the state, parish, and possibly even the city level. There are tax and business codes to abide by, fire marshal and safety codes, school/daycare laws, etc.

Homeschools (parents teaching their own children) are not required to meet all these extra rules and regulations because the home is recognized as a home first and foremost. While it has never been tested in a Louisiana court to our  knowledge, the standard set by courts in other states has been that if the home is sufficient to live in, it's sufficient to school one's children in.   

But when someone takes in children who are not their own, the government feels the need to step in and inspect for the safety of those children. And when money changes hands (tuition), the school is a business, so now tax laws are involved. And since the type of business is a school, school laws are involved--health and safety inspections, employee screening, and mandatory reporter requirements, immunization requirements, etc.

So CHEF's position is: If you want to start a private school, go ahead. But if it is not the parents teaching their own children, it should not be called a homeschool.

Note: By the way, there are some homeschool families in which a very involved grandparent does the bulk of the actual teaching. That is still homeschooling as the student is still primarily taught in his own home..