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  #1  
April 8th, 2008, 06:36 PM
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Okay, maybe this is a dumb question, but we live in an easy homeschooling state right now and I love it. It was easy when I was the one being homeschooled and I really enjoy it when there isn't a ton of stuff that needs to be approved or recorded or tests being done, requirements on the parents, working with a "certified" individual that needs to meet with the child every so many times a month/year. I already stay on top of our progress. I save and record what Emily does through blogging, I have a daily schedule and I save her work in a file. So that isn't the problem, its that I hate being made to do those things or have people constantly in my face. I like that it is really easy here. I have been searching for easy homeschooling states, but for the ease of time, does anyone know right off the bat, what the easiest homeschool states are?

We are thinking about the fact that the housing is SO expensive here and are just keeping our options open for moving to a cheaper state, if we can find one that obviously would have a good job in DH's field and a homeschooling state that doesn't have a lot of requirements.
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April 8th, 2008, 07:29 PM
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I don't know if it'd be any cheaper (not sure where you live) but Illinois is super easy. No records, no reports, no nothing.
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April 8th, 2008, 08:23 PM
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Michigan is super easy... right now. There's absolutely nothing you have to do... no registering, no testing, no anything really. However... the economy here sucks and it doesn't look like it's getting any better. And we have a really anti-homeschooling governor right now. And there's also a bill that some legislatures are trying to pass where we would have to start registering. Which might not be a very big deal... you know it's only registering... but I have a feeling that that would just be the beginning.
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April 8th, 2008, 08:53 PM
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I think FL has a great homeschool law. We do have to register with the county when we begin homeschooling and tell them when we finish. Each year, we have to have an evaluation or test to prove we have homeschooled successfully. Other than that, they are really hands off. We have a lobbyist who volunteers and sits and listens/reads every education bill to make sure it doesn't infringe on the rights of homeschoolers. She is very well respected by the lawmakers. So everything here is pretty smooth.

Added bonus, there is no state income tax here. But we have property tax issues and now homeowners insurance issues. Things seem to be getting more expensive here.
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April 8th, 2008, 08:54 PM
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Here in WI we just send in a paper 1x a year stating we are going to homeschool, and we have to put in so many hours but no one's looking over your shoulders and only the registration paper is sent in
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April 8th, 2008, 09:02 PM
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Mass is listed as a tougher state but I find it a breeze.. we put in an LOI then can either do standardized testing or a portfolio.. easy as pie!
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April 8th, 2008, 09:21 PM
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I've read the Texas and New Jersy are the best hs states.

Edited because I don't know how to spell Texas.
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April 9th, 2008, 05:32 AM
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NC is pretty easy as well. We do a LOI, one standardized test a year, and attendance. the test and attendance are just to be kept on file at home, i think. Wehave a HUGE homeschooling community as well.

Oh and the economy here isn't too bad, depending upon where you live. Charlotte, Raleigh, etc and be $$, but other areas are quite reasonable.
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April 9th, 2008, 05:57 AM
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Texas definitely! Some cities might be expensive to live, but the rural areas are mega cheap from what a friend of mine says! Plus, they have no income tax! A definite bonus!
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April 9th, 2008, 09:37 AM
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The local Texan piping in here. Texas is a GREAT place to live and homeschool. We live in a small town and I find the economy is way cheaper than other areas of the country. I know in the bigger cities (Austin, Dallas, San Antonio, etc.) it can be pretty expensive, but where I am.....well, let me just say that we bought our house (3 bedroom, 1.5 bath brick house on 3 town lots with a 5 ft chain link fence around the whole yard plus a work shop) for $35k. I will say that it was listed for $50k, but since it was a relocation company they just wanted to be rid of it and we easily talked them down on the price. As for homeschooling, we don't have to do anything! In Texas homeschool is considered a private school. When I pulled Jack out of public school, I did give the school a letter of intent, but I didn't have to. I just told them that I was going to be homeschooling him and that was that. I didn't have to file a LOI when I started homeschooling Jared either. There's no registering, portfolios, testing, etc. Also in my area, there are a lot of homeschoolers (it's quite common here) so we don't get the strange looks and comments very often.
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April 9th, 2008, 09:40 AM
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It's really hard to say which states are easy and which are hard with the exception of the ones where you just homeschool and no one cares what you do. Some people look at our laws in VA and think we have it hard, but in reality it is super easy. We send in our notice of intent each year and test kids 6 and older annually, but those tests are only in language arts and math and can be done at home and the kid only has to score 24th percentile or higher. I've actually had people insist that MD must be easier than VA because of how the law reads, but I was homeschooled in MD and know for a fact that it's harder to homeschool there than here as far as recordkeeping and someone looking over your shoulder goes.

I have decided, however, that Texas is the perfect state overall for my requirements. Not that I'll be moving there anytime soon, but they have super easy homeschooling laws, no state income tax, a heck of a lot cheaper than northern VA (okay, so that's not hard to be), philosophical exemption for vaccines, and great homebirth laws.
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April 9th, 2008, 10:06 AM
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I know that when Doug and I were going to move out to TX before his Nana was diagnosed with cancer we were thrilled with the opportunities out there. We were going to be able to get some acreage and a nice block home and have no payments b/c it's so much cheaper than houses in FL. I also looked into the homeschool laws and it was cake compared to FL, but not that FL is too difficult. I still get sad when I think about what our lives would have been had we moved out there, but the time left with Doug's Nana was worth more. Maybe some day! I still look at houses and property from time to time and dream! If I ever left FL, TX would be where I was going.
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I have decided, however, that Texas is the perfect state overall for my requirements. Not that I'll be moving there anytime soon, but they have super easy homeschooling laws, no state income tax, a heck of a lot cheaper than northern VA (okay, so that's not hard to be), philosophical exemption for vaccines, and great homebirth laws.[/b]

Hmm, all very good reasons!
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April 9th, 2008, 10:06 AM
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arizona has no requirements. no testing, no log books, time cards, portfolios, nothing.
you sign an affidavit and that is it.
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April 9th, 2008, 10:06 AM
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I also have 3 dear friends in Texas. Maybe we should move there, too. Sounds perfect.
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April 9th, 2008, 11:17 AM
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...Hmm... we were planning on moving to Georgia... maybe I could talk DH into at least looking into Texas.
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April 9th, 2008, 11:25 AM
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We looked into GA since it would be closer to our families, but they're not so easy to homeschool. Compared to FL they require much more. I'm not sure of the laws where you're moving from, but I'd look into the homeschool requirements before taking the leap. That was a big NO for us when it came to GA.
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April 9th, 2008, 11:31 AM
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Our county borders GA, and I know a lot of GA homeschool families. They don't have a problem with their laws. One of my GA friends thinks FL laws are harder to comply with. Not true, but I think a lot of it has to do with the beholder. I read a thing one time that said state laws sound a lot more difficult to follow than they actually are.

That being said, I would move to TX because of the state income tax thing.
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April 9th, 2008, 11:33 AM
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That's definitely the case here in VA. Our laws SOUND complicated, but they are so incredibly easy.
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I have several friends who HS in GA and all they have to do is an attendance sheet..sounds easy enough. Ours seem tough but they really aren't!
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