Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Homeschooling and Special Education in Indiana

A homeschooled student who is elgible for special education services has the right to a free and appropriate public education from his or her school corporation of legal settlement. However, when a parent chooses to homeshool, rather than enroll the student in public school, the services the child may receive is is determined by the local school corporation of legal settlement on an individual case basis.

Homeschooling and the Indiana Compulsory Attendance Law

The Indiana compulsory school attendance law requires all children who attend a public school from either the start of the school year during which a child will turn 7), or at age 7 (if the child is to attend a nonaccredited, nonpublic school. A nonaccredited,nonpublic school includes a child who is attending a "homeschool." The child must continue to attend school until he or she turns 18, earns a high school diploma, or formally "drops out" of school at age 16 or 17. IC 20-33-2-28.5.