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July 26th, 2012, 11:11 AM
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I was looking at homeschool regulations today as I need to send in my forms for M and B. Look what I found for DC. We are just over the border in Maryland thankfully, but the preschool I send my daughter too (private) is in DC.

"(a) Every parent, guardian, or other person, who resides permanently or temporarily in the District during any school year and who has custody or control of a minor who has reached the age of 3 years or will become 3 years of age on or before December 31st of the current year shall place the minor in regular attendance in a public, independent, private, or parochial school, or in private instruction during the period of each year when the public schools of the District are in session. This obligation of the parent, guardian, or other person having custody extends until the minor reaches the age of 18 years. For the purpose of this section placement in summer school is not required."

Three years old?! What is up with that? Or really more like 2 1/2....
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July 26th, 2012, 11:46 AM
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2 1/2 to 18 is compulsory there now?!?! That is INSANE! And they wonder why they have one of (if not the) highest dropout rates in the country. Even for a smart kids who likes school, can you say burnout after 16 years???
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July 26th, 2012, 11:51 AM
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Isn't that weird? I can't say that they enforce it at the preschool level anyway. All my friends on Bolling are in the DC district and no one is asking them where their babies (yes a 2.5 year old is a baby I think) attends school.
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July 26th, 2012, 01:08 PM
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Woah! I am so glad we aren't living there!
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July 26th, 2012, 01:15 PM
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Wow! And we wonder why kids are sick of school before 4th grade! Here in PA school is not required until they are 8, but nobody really knows that so they send their kids to full day k and 1st.
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July 26th, 2012, 01:20 PM
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wow thats crazy!
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July 26th, 2012, 01:59 PM
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I just can't wrap my mind around it. I wonder if you are supposed to declare your toddlers for homeschooling and make portfolios. Crazy!

I did have a professor in college who felt that universal pre-k would quickly we followed by state mandated pre-k. Maybe he was right. It's always poor kids who have to try these "educational experiments" first, and DC certainly is a poor area.
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July 26th, 2012, 04:19 PM
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That IS insane!! Yes... 2.5 is a baby. There's no reason for formal schooling to be mandated at that age.
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July 27th, 2012, 06:38 AM
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Wow, that is absolutely ridiculous! Here some children can start kindergarten at age 4 (depending on their birthday), but it isn't mandatory until 5.
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July 27th, 2012, 06:43 AM
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That is completely insane!
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July 27th, 2012, 01:31 PM
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Wow! That makes me sad for those poor babies. I'd be really curious to know how they define "private instruction" for that age, and how that is monitored if at all.
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July 27th, 2012, 06:10 PM
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Here they are trying to make K a full day program here or in our cause everyday. I thought that was bad 3 is way too younge. Its a babysitter not a school at that age.
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July 27th, 2012, 07:17 PM
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As the mom of a 2.5 year old, that's crazy! We're only doing a loose letter of the week (every 3 weeks) curriculum and we're only going to school twice a week (if she wants to do school- if not that's okay too).

In Arizona I don't have to declare my intent to homeschool until age 7, and all it means is I promise to teach reading, math, science, and history. I have no testing requirements or even show proof of what I'm doing. I can't imagine having to show proof of what my daughter has learned (especially at 2 or 3), it's most oral and observations!
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July 28th, 2012, 05:08 AM
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It looks like the time that they are 3 and 4 "private instruction" can simply mean, if questioned, the parent can say they are instructing the kid at home with no assessment requirements. The year they turn 5 and until they are 18 they have to be officially registered as homeschoolers, do portfolio reviews, etc. I think the law is set up that way because there are people who will leave a 3 or 4 year old with not much older siblings (10-12) all day long while the parents work and so the law can catch those people to prevent stuff like that since it's hard to say a 10 year old is privately instructing a 3 year old. It makes it easier to make a neglect case. DC is a crazy place and sad in many areas.
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July 28th, 2012, 08:04 AM
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Wow! And we wonder why kids are sick of school before 4th grade! Here in PA school is not required until they are 8, but nobody really knows that so they send their kids to full day k and 1st.
It's 7 here and I thought it was odd/funny that it wasn't known even by a neighbor who was a teacher. She was already teaching her little one at home when he was 4 so I asked her if she intended to continue teaching him rather than sending him to kindergarten and she asked me if that was legal. I suppose now that I know how things are in DC the question isn't so weird.
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July 28th, 2012, 08:18 AM
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MD is compulsory at 5. I think we still end at 16, but they are trying to extend that to 18.
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July 28th, 2012, 08:21 AM
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That's scary.
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July 28th, 2012, 08:44 AM
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DC is compulsory until 18, but their drop-out rate is something crazy like 30 or 40 percent. Really sad. I doubt all those kids are waiting until 18 to drop out.
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August 14th, 2012, 05:16 PM
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Wow, that is the craziest school attendance law I have ever seen! Many kids are still in diapers on their third birthday, how can they be required to attend school?
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August 15th, 2012, 06:26 AM
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Wow!! We dont have to start until age 7 and K is not required but I dont think people really realize that.
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