Homeschooling is legal in all 50 of the United States, although the laws governing homeschooling differ from state to state. In Connecticut there are two main docu- ments related to homeschooling:
The Law – CT General Statute 10-184 This deals with Compulsory Education and Compulsory Attendance and mandates that parents have the primary responsibility to care for and instruct their children, unless they arrange for someone else (such as a school) to provide such instruction.
The “Guidelines” – C-14 Guidelines These provide suggested procedures for Home Instruction in Connecticut. These guidelines do not carry the force of law. There is no specific statute governing homeschooling in Connecticut, only suggested Guidelines, which as noted are not law. The language in the Guidelines can be at times both vague and contradictory, leading to occasional inconsistencies in interpretation from one school district to another. The following are recommendations of TEACH, in accordance with Homeschool Legal Defense Association (HSLDA), which we hope will clarify your understanding of how these two documents work together and support your right to homeschool with confidence in Connecticut.
We encourage you to click on both documents above and read through them in their entirety before proceeding.
If you are planning to homeschool in Connecticut, how you proceed will depend in part on the following:
1) The age of your child.
2) Whether your child is currently, or was recently, enrolled in a public school.
Legal Disclaimer: This information is provided by TEACH-CT. Nothing herein should be construed as the giving of legal advice. For legal advice we recommend you consult an attorney who specializes in homeschool law.
We highly recommend becoming a member of Home School Legal Defense Association which provides access to a homeschool attorney 24/7 and defends your right to homeschool, all the way to the Supreme Court — all for an annual fee comparable to what many attorney’s charge per hour. They also provide direct answers to specific homeschooling questions via phone or email and a wealth of information on their website. More benefits to HSLDA membership include…»read more
Click the HSLDA button to join today! By using this button, HSLDA returns $20 of first-time memberships to support TEACH.
Also join TEACH today and save 20% off your HSLDA membership while supporting your State Christian Homeschool organization. Click here to print a TEACH membership form.
National Home Education Legal Defense (NHELD) is another organization which provides legal advice specific to homeschooling in Connecticut. Contact Attorney Deborah G. Stevenson at moc.mrifwalsgd@nosnevetS.