State Laws & Regulations

The nonprofit ProPublica offers a helpful summary of the laws in all fifty states, covering notification, parent education requirements, state mandated subjects, and assessment requirements.

Most state organizations provide a detailed description of state regulations on their organizational websites, which is helpful because the actual Department of Education regulations on each state’s governmental website often make no sense at all. (Home education requirements can be found under “private and church schools,” “compulsory attendance,” “private tutors,” or somewhere else entirely.) Visit the U.S. Department of Education Regulation Map for a clickable map providing links to official government pages for all states and territories.


Susan Wise Bauer

Susan Wise Bauer is an educator, writer, and historian. She is the co-author of The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home (now in its fourth edition), and the author of (among others) The Well- Educated Mind, The Story of Western Science, the Story of the World series, the History of the World series, the elementary series Writing With Ease, and the pre-rhetoric series Writing With Skill. Susan was home educated through high school and has taught all four of her children at home. She has a B.A. and M.A. in English language and literature, an M.Div., and a Ph.D. in the history of American religion from the College of William and Mary in Virginia, where she taught writing and literature for over fifteen years.


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