Sometimes I have to smile when I think of how it was to homeschool in PA prior to the homeschool law, Act 1988-169. In the pioneering days of homeschooling, our fears centered on Child Services knocking on our door, being questioned by mall security when shopping, and neighbors reporting us to the “proper authorities” because our children were playing in our yard during school hours. Locally there were cases of harassment. However, there were documented cases, especially in the Pittsburgh and Philadelphia areas, where parents were jailed because they homeschooled their children. Times have definitely changed!
The Pennsylvania home school law, Act 1988-169, also referred to as Act 169, gives the legal right for parents in Pennsylvania to home school their children. Along with the right to homeschool in the state of Pennsylvania, comes legal requirements. There are many excellent sites, such as the Christian Homeschool Association of PA (CHAP) that clearly states what you must do and when.
Below is a copy of Act 169 along with samples of the required affidavit, and educational objectives by subject. (Reminder, if your child has an IEP, the objectives must be pre-approved by a qualified person.)
There are differing interpretations for Act 169. Whose interpretation has the most authority?
Answer: The Local School District. If a case would go to court, a judge would have the final authority.