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My wife, daughter and I are excited to be on the road hopefully by the start of summer.  We currently live in NC and will be "road schooling" our 13 yr old starting this fall.  My wife contacted the nc dept of education and was told we cannot be out of state more than 30 days or we will have to withdraw our daughter from homeschooling.  Does anyone have any thoughts or helpful input concerning this?

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RVfun: Are you planning on being a 'full-timer', not keeping a NC residency or are you just going for a 'road-trip' for a few months? I met some work campers on the road and where I worked who traveled and home schooled. One couple with 2 children worked a season from April until the end of September. I never asked much about the specifics, I have none that travel with me.

Maybe someone here will chime in with an answer.

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Hello PIEERE

Our intent is to be on the road for a minimum of a couple of years, see how our daughter does with homeschooling and either continue or settle in some place.  Right now she wishes to go on to a college of some sort (she is currently in 7th grade at a public school) and we don't want legal issues with homeschooling on the road to hold her back from her dreams.

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Steve and susan......Im taking my son with me in febuary, He is also homeschooled in NH. As long as We keep the criteria they want and my domicile is in the state, what and where I am durring the day is of no concern to them.......His schooling is done online through a structured program , so its not much different than being in class other than he has all day to get it done...he is in his sophmore year and is doing well.

He also is preparing for College......he has an MIT Scholarship and is pushing as hard as he can to finish up his Highschooling early........if you need any more info feel free to PM me

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Mike,
We are excited about getting on the road. Congrats to your son, that is quite an accomplishment. Our daughter's formal school is over in June. We hope to be on the road the day we pick her up.
Thank you for your words of encouragement, this is a new experience for us.
Steve

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RVfun wrote:

My wife, daughter and I are excited to be on the road hopefully by the start of summer.  We currently live in NC and will be "road schooling" our 13 yr old starting this fall.  My wife contacted the nc dept of education and was told we cannot be out of state more than 30 days or we will have to withdraw our daughter from homeschooling.  Does anyone have any thoughts or helpful input concerning this?

Thanks in advance

Steve & Susan


 

Sounds like NC is doing like other states, and that is to make it as difficult as possible for you to get out of the public school system so she can be dumbed down (dumbed down to the lowest acheivers in the school system, not you).  Check into other states homeschooling regulations, look at the federal mandates and tell 'em to take a hike.  According to most states, all you "gotta" do is provide them a letter that you are obtaining other educational avenues for your family.  You may have to provide a syllabus for the year, but they can go peddle their silly rules somewhere else.

Check out F.E.A.S.T., a homeschooling clearing house in San Antonio for different regimens for your kid.  They are an outstanding resource, and are up on all the rules handed down by the ones that think they know best for your child.

Another resource for you might be The American Center for Law and Justice.  It is run by a christian based group that will quickly tell you what is what.



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53 Merc
I've checked out the FEAST site, looks like a good place to start.
Thanks for the help
Steve

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the name of the school program my son uses is Keystone..........
they can be found at http://keystoneschoolonline.com/..............hope this helps , his mom said that it is as close to real classroom as it gets. contact with the teachers and school councilors are made online and he says when he has a question it is answered fast......they even have virtual tutors.......and added credit courses available.

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We home school our son. We use New Horizons. Texas allows you to home school your child. We took Kris out of school in February and we are returning him to his same class in May. He will have the same teacher and be able to finish 1st grade with his original class. I have to be sure he stays up to par with all those kids so that he will assimilate back into the system.

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Check with HSLDA (homeschool legal defense association). We currently live in MI where there is no reporting for homeschoolers. That will make it easy for us when we hit the road next year. Best wishes and blessings to you and your family.

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HSLDA is the best source for legal questions. They have a link on their website that provides each state's laws regarding homeschooling. You can look there to see if NC truly does require you to remain in the state. Don't rely on what a school district tells you; they typically either don't understand the law themselves or will lie. There is also "Families on the Road" -- a great group of travelling families -- maybe you've find somebody from NC on there who can share their experiences and how they manage to travel while still complying with state laws. If you cannot work within NC's requirements, then a possible solution would be to choose another state for your domicile, assuming you are going to be fulltime and not maintaining a house in NC. Good Luck! Fulltime travel is a great education in itself! Our sons are 14 and 17 (tomorrow), and learning so much!

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Yes for sure the best site to get all the laws of homeschooling is HSLDA. We will be Homeschooling full time in a year. After my daughter finishes Kindergarten.

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For anyone who is wondering about this issue, here is a link to a site full of info ;)

www.familiesontheroad.com/roadschooling.html

HTH!

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We will begin our full time  travels in two weeks. We are taking our two middle school kids. Luckily in Nevada if we keep our current residency the kids will be starting an online school based out of their school district. It's free, really easy to use, and covers all the basics required in their education. The rest of their education will be the experiences on the road. The school doesn't fight it because they are still technically enrolled in the school district. Twice a school year they are required to test at an authorized testing facility. This usually is a library wherever we are located at the time. If a local library isn't available there are testing facilities for homeschoolers also. We have had such much amazing support from the kids current teachers, counselor's and school staff on our upcoming adventure. 

I hope this information is helpful for you. Have as amazing an adventure as possible!



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I am a public school teacher in NC and have home-schooled my now senior to recover his 8th grade year after some insufficient teaching practices.  I didn't have to report anything while homeschooling.  NC is pretty liniate, don't ask don't tell kind of situation as far as I can tell.  I have friends who home school full time and I get the same impression from them.  

My son will be in 9th grade when we go on the road and the youngest in 3rd grade.  We plan to stay on the road full time.  I am planning to have the older cyber school for high school so there won't be any questions on the validity of his diploma for college. 

NC requires formal testing but are lenient on which test you use.  I used the CAT.  since I am a certified teacher I can administer it myself.  

You can find all of the regulations on http://www.ncdnpe.org/  NC division of non public education.  There are also supports there as well.  Good luck! maybe we will meet up on the road! 



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Many people (even wonderful resource sites for full timers such as FOTR) get this wrong. Most people look at their state of domicile and/or permanent residence for homeschool regulations and think those are the applicable ones. However I speak from a legal place of authority - and if you look at (for example) www.hslda.org/laws/default.asp (Home School Legal Defense Association) - it clearly states:

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What State’s Laws Should I Follow?

The law you should follow is that of the state in which you are physically present.

Why? When you are physically present in a state, even temporarily, you are subject to that state’s laws, . . .

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There was even a legal case of a military TDY (temporary duty) assignment where even on a one month assignment - the family got in to hot water by not complying with the new states laws. They tried to get the military to intervene on their behalf and a court ruled that they still could not supersede the states rights.

Since it is a "state right" issue - vs. - federal, there is no accurate number of days/weeks/months that applies to all states.  (E.g. the 3 month suggestion on FOTR site).  Some states use 1 month, giving enough time to allow for normal family vacation time.  States such as Texas also have daytime curfew laws (http://www.thsc.org/homeschooling-in-texas/problem-situations/daytime-curfew/) - "a person under the age of 18 cannot be out in public between the hours of 8 a.m. and 2:30-3 p.m." -- 

Keep in mind that "homeschool" - vs - "private school" distinctions can be made in states where you can register your personal homeschool as a private school.  (Texas)


Don't ask - don't tell - don't draw attention - that is why most don't have issues - and it is a good thing.




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