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Tennessee homeschoolers need to be aware of several things
as they go about the business of educating their children.
They need to know and understand the laws and comply
as much as their conscience will allow.
They need to keep an eye on legislative changes in
They need to have reliable information about what
trouble may occur in our community.
This section will help families keep abreast of all three of
The Homeschool Law section
contains the code and some clarifying non-lawyer language to help
you understand how things work in our state. Homeschooling laws very
greatly across the US from none at all to regular review by certified
teachers. While we're not the easiest place to homeschool, we've managed
to find a good deal of freedom. Please don't make any assumptions about
how this all works. Read through this section and check with other
homeschoolers to get the clearest and best picture of our situation.
Frankly, the school districts and the state Department of Education have
not been the most accurate sources of information so I highly suggest
double-checking what they tell you. In this section of TnHomeEd.com
laws , regulations, forms, opinions and other supporting
documents you may need to be aware of in order to homeschool in our
- Also included under this section is the
Chart of Church Related Schools
(umbrella schools in other areas). If you choose not to register
with the local school district we have nearly 100 schools where
you can register. Find one that suits your family best.
Legal help is sometimes needed.
Here you'll find various organizations that may provide legal
help in your time of need. Your best defense is always to
know the law and your rights.
: This page contains information on incidents (arrests,
lawsuits, harassment--whatever) involving homeschoolers
across the State of Tennessee. Frankly, these are rare.
Remember that page shows some 20+ years with tens of
thousands of homeschoolers. While it's not a complete list,
it will prove useful in demonstrating how rare trouble is.
Since compulsory attendance is enforced at the local
education agency level (frequently a county-wide entity)
these events are listed alphabetically by county. A state
map showing the counties, with counties where trouble has
occurred, highlighted in yellow, will immediately give the
viewer an idea of where the hot spots in our state are.
You'll also find smiley faces where folks have found LEA
personnel to be knowledgeable and supportive of
: This section will list bills currently pending in the State
legislature which may directly impact homeschoolers. The
actual legislation text, when and where hearings and votes
are scheduled, opinions on the legislation, contact
information as well as other supporting documents will all
be found here.
contains an overview of what legislation has been
previously introduced, its disposition and links to the actual
legislation when possible. This is section not a complete record
of events and will be added to as information becomes available.
If you have something to add please contact
TnHomeEd to have it included.
Disclaimer: The Tennessee Code
on this website is taken from the State of Tennessee Legislative web
site. No guarantee is made that the laws contained on this web site
are current. You are responsible for making sure the information you
rely on is current and accurate. You can access the state's most up
to date copy of the Code by going to
http://www.legislature.state.tn.us/, clicking on Legislation,
then Tennessee Code and then searching by code number or
keyword via their LexisNexis service.
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