We’ve recently finished our 11th year of home schooling our two children. We started when our oldest finished kindergarten, and have been going strong since.
Each state adopts laws governing home schooling within that state. As a result, the laws related to home schooling vary from state to state. Some states place very few restrictions on home schoolers; other states are more restrictive. Iowa leans more toward the more restrictive side, but a diligent family can easily satisfy the educational requirements.
Within our generation, homeschooling in Iowa has been illegal. We are thankful for the families that plowed the ground ahead of us and won this right for parents to control the education of their children. It is important that we be vigilent to guard this freedom.
The Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) provides legal assistance for homeschooling families in issues related to homeschooling. HSLDA also provides a summary of the current laws governing home schooling in Iowa. An older document at the HSLDA site includes some additional information.
The Network of Iowa Christian Home Educators (NICHE) is a statewide organization of homeschoolers in Iowa. NICHE also provides information about laws governing home education in Iowa.
If you don’t live in Iowa, but want to know the laws governing your state, visit the HSLDA site.