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Alaska

June 21, 2005

Freedom Continues to Ring

Homeschooling families in Alaska are continuing to enjoy the blessings of the best homeschool law in the nation. In 1997, the Alaska Legislature enacted an exception to compulsory attendance for a child who "is being educated in the child's home by a parent or legal guardian." There is no government oversight of home education in Alaska. This means that there is no prescribed curriculum, no state testing or other evaluations, no minimum number of days of instruction, and no teacher qualifications. Parents are not even required to notify state officials that they intend to homeschool their children.

Alaska's homeschool law represents a model for other states to adopt. Home School Legal Defense Association will continue to work with homeschool leaders and legislators across the nation to make their laws more like Alaska's.