Florida Home Education, Private Schools, and other Education Options
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S.H.A.R.E.
1002.41 Home Education Programs
1002.42 Private Schools
1002.43 Private Tutoring Programs
S.H.A.R.E. Homeschool Support Group
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Home School Legal Defense Association
(b) The parent shall maintain a portfolio of records and materials. The portfolio shall consist of the following:

1. A log of educational activities that is made contemporaneously with the instruction and that designates by title any reading materials used.
(a) The parent shall notify the district school superintendent of the county in which the parent resides of her his intent to establish and maintain a home education program.

The notice shall be in writing, signed by the parent, and shall include the names, addresses, and birthdates of all children who shall be enrolled as students in the home education program. The notice shall be filed in the district school superintendent's office within 30 days of the establishment of the home education program. A written notice of termination of the home education program shall be filed in the district school superintendent's office within 30 days after said termination.
1002.41 Home Education Programs

(1) A "home education program" is defined in section 1002.01. The parent is not required to hold a valid regular Florida teaching certificate.

(c) The parent shall provide for an annual educational evaluation in which is  documented the student's demonstration of educational progress at a level commensurate with her or his ability.

The parent shall select the method of evaluation and shall file a copy of the evaluation annually with the district school superintendent's office in the county in which the student resides. The annual educational evaluation shall consist of one of the following:

2. Samples of any writings, worksheets, workbooks, or creative materials used or developed by the student. The portfolio shall be preserved by the parent for two years and shall be made available for inspection by the district school superintendent, or the district school superintendent's agent, upon 15 days' written notice. Nothing in this section shall require the district school superintendent to inspect the portfolio.
1. A teacher selected by the parent shall evaluate the student's educational progress upon review of the portfolio and discussion with the student. Such teacher shall hold a valid regular Florida certificate to teach academic subjects at the elementary or  secondary level;

2. The student shall take any nationally normed student achievement test administered by a certified teacher;

3. The student shall take a state student assessment test used by the school district and administered by a certified teacher, at a location and under testing conditions approved by the school district;

4. The student shall be evaluated by an individual holding a valid, active license pursuant to the provisions of s. 490.003(7) or (8); or

5. The student shall be evaluated with any other valid measurement tool as mutually agreed upon by the district school superintendent of the district in which the student resides and the student's parent.

(2) The district school superintendent shall review and accept the results of the annual educational evaluation of the student in a home education program.
If the student does not demonstrate educational progress at a level commensurate with her or his ability, the district school superintendent shall notify the parent, in writing, that such progress has not been achieved.

The parent shall have 1 year from the date of receipt of the written notification to provide remedial instruction to the student. At the end of the 1-year probationary period, the student shall be reevaluated as specified in paragraph (1)(c).

Continuation in a home education program shall be contingent upon the student demonstrating educational progress commensurate with her or his ability at the end of the probationary period.
(3) A home education program shall be excluded from meeting the requirements of a school day.


(4) Home education students may participate in interscholastic extracurricular student activities in accordance   with the provisions of s. 1006.15.


(5) Home education students may participate in the Bright Futures Scholarship Program in accordance with the provisions of ss. 1009.53-1009.539.


(6) Home education students may participate in dual enrollment programs in accordance with the provisions of ss. 1007.27(4) and 1007.271(10).


(7) Home education students are eligible for admission to community colleges in accordance with the provisions of s. 1007.263.


(8) Home education students are eligible for admission to state universities in accordance with the provisions of s. 1007.261.


(9) Home education program students may receive testing and evaluation services at diagnostic and resource centers, in accordance with the provisions of s.1006.03. History.--s. 106, ch. 2002-387.

To sign up with the Superintendent to home educate your child, you simply need to write (and sign) a letter (certified or hand-delivered &signed), stating you will be homeschooling your child according to the FL Statutes, including your student's name, birthdate, and address.

This information is included in the packet you can obtain at the home of Debbie Dykes.

Florida Home Education at www.flhef.org has LOTS of legal information regarding homeschooling in Florida and Homeschool Legal Advantage is an additional legal resource.

We encourage you to withdraw your student from the school, requesting a transcript, on the same day you notify the superintendent.

Once registered with the school board, please notify them should you move. Should you join a "private" umbrella school or discontinue homeschooling, you must also write a "letter of termination" of your home education program.
Note:
Disclaimers

No information or materials posted here are intended to constitute legal advice, and is not applicable to any specific set of facts, especially as to any individual's personal situation.

The law is complicated and is easily misinterpreted and/or misapplied. 

Please contact an attorney regarding your specific legal action. 

This information was accurate at time of publication however statutes and case law change rapidly and the information herein may no longer be applicable.
Manatee County School Board has a "PARTIAL ENROLLMENT POLICY" that began in 2005.  SHARE's request has been approved by the Manatee County School Board.
This means that homeschooling students in grades 6th-12th grade, who are REGISTERED WITH THE COUNTY as being home-educated, MAY take up to three classes at the local districted school.   
YOU MUST APPLY BEFORE SCHOOL SEMESTER STARTS.
Students who are only enrolled in a private school may NOT participate in the "partial enrollment" of classes under this policy.
This information is clarified in the Policy and Procedure Manual at:
Policy Cover Page, Page 23-24  Section 4.11  (from Chapter 4)
Click above to see policy
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