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8/14/2009 12:28:10 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Colorado--Clarification of Home Education Law

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Colorado--Clarification of Home Education Law

Dear HSLDA Members:

Last week, we sent an email reminder to parents to submit their annual
notices of intent. Since then, we have been asked to clarify a few
nuances of Colorado home education law.

First, the notice of intent reminder is only for parents who are
operating a home-based educational program for their children. If
your children are enrolled in an independent (also known as a
"satellite" or "umbrella" school) located in Colorado, you do not need
to submit a notice of intent to the school district. It has come to
our attention that some families may believe that doing both provides
"extra protection." This is not the case. A family who does both is
in no better legal position than a family who is in compliance with
only one of the statutes. (You can review the distinction between
these two options for education at home at
http://www.hslda.org/laws/analysis/Colorado.pdf).

Second, although Colorado law requires that each child between the
ages of 6 (by August 1) and 17 attend public school, parents who
intend to home educate are exempt from this requirement. These
parents must submit a notification of intent to home educate to a
Colorado school district in the year that their children are 6 by
August 1, but they do not have to begin instruction until the children
are 7 years of age. In addition, parents who home educate are not
required to instruct students who are beyond the age of 16.

Third, if you operate a "home-based educational program," you are
required to have your students' academic progress evaluated at grades
3, 5, 7, 9, and 11 by either a qualified evaluator or by using a
nationally standardized achievement test. In this case you must send
the test scores or evaluation to either the school district with which
you file your notice of intent OR to an independent or parochial
school within Colorado. If you choose to submit the scores to a
nonpublic school, then you must notify the school district in which
you filed your notice of intent of your choice.

If you have any additional questions regarding Colorado law, please
call our office at 540.338.5600.

Thank you for your membership and support!

Sincerely,

Michael P. Donnelly
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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