Kris Murphy wrote:
I'm no lawyer. I know that a lot of parents flounder when it comes to deciphering those darn legal terms. So to help out, I wrote some articles on homeschooling laws for some states.
If you would like to read about California homeschooling laws without the legal jargon, here's an article I wrote.http://www.homeschooling-paradise.com/h ... ornia.html
Hope it helps!
I have a couple of issues with your articles. Sorry.
Charter schools and public school ISPs are legally not homeschooling. Children enrolled in these programs are public school students, not homeschooled students. Yes, the "campus" is in someone's kitchen or family instead of the school down the street, but children are either enrolled in a public school or they are enrolled in a private school which has filed an affidavit. This is an important distinction. For that reason, the majority of homeschool support group leaders will not have information regarding public school programs.
As public school students, charter school students are required to be tested.
PSPs look, on paper, just like any other private school...including the one that people establish in their own homes if they file affidavits themselves. The only difference is the number of students enrolled, and that's why many people like PSPs: anonymity.
A child who is being tutored full-time by a credentialed teacher is also not technically a homeschooler. He is being tutored full-time by a credentialed teacher, who does not have to file an affidavit. Furthermore, at the high school level the tutor must be credentialed in individual subjects, which is why most high school-level students are not tutored.
It is the PSP that has to be worried about complying with the California Ed. Code, not the parents.
Private schools must have teachers who are "persons capable of teaching," and private schools are supposed to keep their teachers' qualifications on file. There is no description of what those qualifications must be. No one is allowed to see those requirements.
Private school are supposed to "offer" the same courses offered by the public school. No one is allowed to verify those courses.
Private schools don't have to show their attendance or immunization records. Ever.
Filing the affidavit takes 10 minutes per year, tops, to file. It's no biggie. I began filing in 1982, when it was a big four-part form that had to be mailed in. Filing on-line is easy peasy.
In short, to homeschool in California children need to be enrolled in a private school, and it can either be a PSP or the private school the parents establish in their own homes. The private school (PSP or parents) files an affidavit annually. No testing, no minimum # of school days, no nothin'.