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Currently, in order to homeschool in Alabama, you have to sign up with a "church cover school". It's not a big deal, but it's kind of a waste of money to sign up just so they can report your absences. Nothing else is required - no testing, reviews, etc.

Last week, Senate Bill 38 passed and goes into effect July 1. It is supposed to keep homeschoolers from being regulated by the department of education, but it appears that it also is now saying that cover schools are no longer required? We can be private schools?

Does anyone here speak legalese?

http://openstates.org/al/bills/2014rs/SB38/#billtext

Here is HSLDA's article on it (they were involved in getting this passed):

http://www.hslda.org/hs/state/al/201404080.asp

I saw that a senator posted on his FB that he thought church schools were still required, so it may be that they have no idea what they passed. :lol:

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From the look of it I saw nothing that would bar a home school from directly reporting attendance to the dept. of education. It could be a matter of administration, not of statutory language.

I think I'd be crying foul at being required to affiliate with a church school. What if you home church or don't believe in organized religion?

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From the look of it I saw nothing that would bar a home school from directly reporting attendance to the dept. of education. It could be a matter of administration, not of statutory language.

I think I'd be crying foul at being required to affiliate with a church school. What if you home church or don't believe in organized religion?


There are cover schools that technically aren't affiliated with a "church" (a group of people get together in someone's home and say they are a "church", but they aren't religious in any way). My church would not be involved in having a school, as we don't believe that is the work of a church. I did sign up with a cover school associated with a church, but it's not a church I would attend, and I would rather just be a private school.
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Currently, in order to homeschool in Alabama, you have to sign up with a "church cover school". It's not a big deal, but it's kind of a waste of money to sign up just so they can report your absences. Nothing else is required - no testing, reviews, etc.

Last week, Senate Bill 38 passed and goes into effect July 1. It is supposed to keep homeschoolers from being regulated by the department of education, but it appears that it also is now saying that cover schools are no longer required? We can be private schools?

Does anyone here speak legalese?

http://openstates.org/al/bills/2014rs/SB38/#billtext

Here is HSLDA's article on it (they were involved in getting this passed):

http://www.hslda.org/hs/state/al/201404080.asp

I saw that a senator posted on his FB that he thought church schools were still required, so it may be that they have no idea what they passed. :lol:

 

Looks to me as if church cover schools are no longer required and that yes, you can be your very own private school, free of government oversight.

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