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September / October 2003

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Homeschooling is legal in all six states and both territories of AUSTRALIA. Recent attempts to enact stronger regulations for homeschoolers have been largely unsuccessful due to the well organized and long established homeschool movement.
  BRAZIL's Higher Court of Justice has declared, "There are no laws giving parents the right to replace approved teachers in the formal education of their children." Thus, most homeschoolers teach their children in secret.
Homeschooling is prohibited in BULGARIA except in rare government-monitored cases where children have special mental or physical needs.
The history of home education in CANADA closely parallels that of the United States. Homeschooling is legal in all provinces, although it tends to be more heavily regulated in the eastern part of the country.
The constitution of CHILE establishes both the right to education and the freedom to teach. This freedom is not monitored by any state agency, and homeschools must only comply with the limitations "imposed by morals, good customs, public order and national security."
No law in the CZECH REPUBLIC allows for homeschooling, but a temporary government decree currently tolerates home education on an "experimental" basis. The prevailing political party seeks to restrict home education as much as possible.
Home education in FRANCE is heavily regulated but growing. Families must use an approved French correspondence school or be subject to home inspections.
No laws specifically allow for homeschooling in GERMANY, though each state gives school officials some discretionary authority to approve alternative education. Most homeschooling families operate underground. An April 2003 court victory may indicate a positive trend toward more freedom.
HUNGARY's law allows parents to teach their children as private students at home as long as they follow the state curriculum and have their children examined twice a year.
Homeschooling is officially recognized by the constitution of IRELAND, yet the law allows for the "reasonable regulation" of homeschoolers.
Parents in ISRAEL are required to write a letter to the Ministry of Education explaining their reasons for choosing home education and asking permission to do so. They are then expected to follow guidelines set up by officials. Homeschoolers are mostly ignored.
The law in JAPAN is vague regarding home education. In recent years, the business community has begun supporting homeschooling, effectively deflecting government involvement.
Compulsory education laws in MEXICO are vague enough to allow formal schooling to take place outside government schools. While some uninformed local officials may occasionally harass homeschooling families, for the most part, homeschoolers are free from government interference.
Homeschooling is not technically recognized by the law in the NETHERLANDS. But a court-created loophole allows parents to refuse to send their children to schools that do not teach according to their religious beliefs.
Homeschooling in NEW ZEALAND has prospered for many years due to a positive legal atmosphere. Homeschoolers must register with the Ministry of Education.
POLAND's constitution guarantees parents the right to choose the type of schooling their children receive provided they comply with often-strict local regulations.
Homeschooling is prohibited in ROMANIA except when children are ill or have special mental or physical needs. But a small homeschool movement is growing and working toward official recognition.
Homeschoolers in SINGAPORE must register with school officials, test their children, and show that they are teaching the same core subjects as public schools.
Although statutory education law in SPAIN does not allow homeschooling, case law provides a loophole for parents who wish to provide an education for their children that conforms with their religious and moral beliefs. However, officials tend to be highly suspicious of home educators.
Homeschooling was legalized in 1996 by a national education law, but each province has authority to set its own standards. SOUTH AFRICA's vibrant homeschool community expects to soon face attack as government officials try to impose national curriculum standards on private education. Officials insist they are about to begin "rigorously monitoring" home education.
Homeschooling is legal in SWITZERLAND but heavily regulated by local government provinces (called cantons).
Homeschooling in TAIWAN is legal with minimal government regulation. Homeschoolers work hard to build strong relationships with government officials and to communicate the success of homeschooling.
A law passed in December 2000 allows for homeschooling in UKRAINE. However, local authorities often ignore the law and arbitrarily impose additional regulations.
Homeschooling is completely legal in the UNITED KINGDOM (England and Wales), allowing children to attend school or "otherwise." Families are not required to inform authorities that they are home educating, and homeschoolers encounter few problems from school officials.
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