Home School Status in Dispute
Recently, the Delaware Department of Education has asserted that home schools should not be afforded private school status. Historically, the department of education has not challenged the status of home schools as private schools. In fact, one of the ways described by the department of education for beginning home schooling in its informational materials is to start your own nonpublic school. Further, statutory language from Delaware Code Annotated § 2704(a) requiring private schools to report certain enrollment information to the department of education states in part ...private schools, which includes homeschools, and homeschool associations. . . .
Information obtained by leaders in the Delaware Home Educators Association from department of education officials indicates that state officials do not want home schools to receive the same benefits as private schools. For example, private school students are eligible under the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) to receive limited special education and related services through funds provided to local school districts.
Delaware home school leaders are working to have legislation introduced to further clarify that home schools are private schools. Dewitt T. Black