Homeschooling in Kentucky, A Way Around Common Core?

558672_396436553707436_410238846_nI’ve been a Kentucky homeschooling mom since before homeschooling was the cool thing to do.  Homeschooling, like motherhood, isn’t for wimps.  And it isn’t necessarily a way around Common Core.

The College Board’s current President, David Coleman, is one of the chief architects behind Common Core, and of course, all SAT, AP, and college planning done via the College Board are keyed to Common Core.  You can read all about David Coleman here, here, and via our own video here. If you really enjoy the feeling of the hair standing up on the back of your neck, just do a Google search on Mr. Coleman.

The point here is that most homeschool families participate in testing for college entrance.  So, just to be clear, homeschooling is not a work around for Common Core. And homeschooling families should be working alongside public and private school families to rid the Commonwealth of Common Core, as a way of standing in the gap for families who cannot homeschool or the voiceless in the school system who cannot fight Common Core.

So, why homeschool in Kentucky at all? There are a myriad of reasons homeschooling is a good choice for families.  Personalized education, parental oversight of school materials, religious reasons, children are able to learn at their own pace, etc.  And study after study has shown that homeschooling works and works well.

It does take time and effort. It requires a lot of the parent or parents, and even extended family.  But, personally, I have found it worth it.  I’ve homeschooled all four of my children with stellar results.

But, this article is for those who would like to know what it takes to homeschool in Kentucky.

Kentucky is a great place to homeschool, as we are considered private schools and governed in the same way those private schools are.

In order to have a bonafide homeschool in Kentucky, you must adhere to the Best Practice document found here.   This includes notification of your intent to homeschool your child given to the local school district, certain subjects that need to be covered, and attendance records kept.  This important document and agreement also cover when, where, and why the State can intercede in your homeschool and is a document every homeschool family should be familiar with and keep a printed copy on file at home.

A legal analysis of homeschooling in Kentucky can be found here.

Other suggestions for homeschooling in Kentucky:

1. Join CHEK, which is our statewide homeschooling advocacy group.  A Christian organization, CHEK supports the rights of ALL parents to direct the education of their children through homeschooling.

2. Join HSLDA. A small monthly, or affordable yearly fee provide you with legal insurance for your homeschool.

3. To understand homeschooling and Common core, some excellent articles: IAHE statement on Common Core Joy Pullman and HSLDA, CHEK and Common Core.

And finally, for every homeschooler or those considering homeschooling, this site will direct you to Common Core free homeschooling materials with statements from homeschool curriculum providers, The Homeschool Resource Roadmap.

Homeschooling can, and is done with excellence.  Kentucky children deserve the best possible education that can be provided, and for my family and countless others, the best teacher turned out to be Mom.

I’m happy to field questions about homeschooling via the comment box.

Gina Glenn, Homeschooling Mom, and CHEK social media coordinator


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