CRHE was founded by homeschool graduates to advocate for the wellbeing of children being homeschooled today. Current laws do little to protect children’s right to an education or a safe home environment, leaving homeschooled children at risk of child abuse and educational neglect. Change is needed. We work to provide lawmakers with public policy guidance.
Hear directly from homeschool graduates and learn how to think about homeschooling, and how to proactively approach barriers to legislative change. Learn more.
Current laws governing homeschooling are outdated and insufficient. On this page, you can read about homeschool policy and compare laws across states. Learn more.
Read our common-sense proposals for protecting children. We work to close harmful loopholes without burdening responsible homeschooling parents. Learn more.
Our society’s failure to provide adequate safeguards to protect the rights of children who are homeschooled has serious consequences, including some that extend far beyond stereotypical homeschool settings. Learn more about the problems facing homeschooled children—and the importance of protecting all children’s rights—at Why Oversight.
In some cases, parents who are abusive remove their children from school to homeschool them in order to conceal their abuse. Systems for identifying child abuse and intervening frequently center on schools; this is why teachers in public schools are mandatory reporters of child abuse. Homeschooling allows parents to remove their children from this system of protections.
Lawmakers in a growing number of states have seen the consequences of abusive parents using homeschooling to hide their abuse, and are taking action to prevent such cases.
At CRHE, we believe that children have a right to an education. Unfortunately, current laws do little to protect this right. The result is steep disparities in the quality of education received.
Lack of access to education has a profound effect on children’s future. We urge lawmakers to take steps to ensure that homeschooling is used to educate children, and not to hold them back.
Participation in public school athletics and other extracurriculars has pronounced benefits for children’s socialization, self-esteem, and leadership skills. In 2016, we surveyed 150 homeschool graduates about their athletics participation; respondents overwhelmingly believed that athletic participation was beneficial to homeschooled students. We urge policymakers to embrace homeschool participation in public school athletics and other extracurriculars.
School districts can support homeschooled children in additional ways as well:
Homeschooled children benefit when there is a positive, cooperative relationship between school districts and homeschooling families. We encourage school districts and policymakers to offer access to services and support. Children benefit when their interests are put first.
At CRHE, we work with an extensive network of young adults who were homeschooled as children and teens. We are alumni-founded and alumni-run, and work to elevate alumni voices.
“My mother informed me that from now on we were all going to be ‘homeschooled’ so that no more nosy teachers would be interfering in ‘our’ (her) lives. One of my youngest stepsiblings had made some mention to a teacher of the rampant domestic violence that routinely rampaged through our home. . . . Homeschooling was the first step my mom took to make sure no one could get involved through children’s loose tongues ever again.” ~ Elizabeth W.
“My father was physically, verbally, and emotionally abusive. Every abuse had a magnified effect on us because there was no escape from our home environment, and every ideology taught by our parents had a manifold influence on us because we were isolated from the influence of other people.” ~ Kimberly R.
“My kindergarten through eighth grade experience [in Pennsylvania] provided me a mostly balanced, interesting, and engaging homeschool program. Every year, we submitted a portfolio to our licensed evaluator . . . . In New Jersey, things fell apart. Without oversight, there was no need to think about compiling a portfolio. Without state standards, there was no benchmark for my progress. We still tried to follow the Pennsylvania guidelines for high school . . . but no one was there to check up on us or offer help.” ~ Caitlin T.
“If there had been more oversight, my mom may have been able to get more motivated to get organized and give me and my sisters the education we needed. My sisters and I would not be in the very difficult place we are right now because of being under educated.” ~ Sierra S.
“Homeschooled students should have resources available to them that are also available to public school students. In the case of athletics, these resources help keep homeschooled kids active, expand their social circles and introduce them to people with different experiences, and teach them lessons from physical coordination to teamwork.” ~ Rachel O.
“Homeschooled students need the opportunity to socialize, work with a team, and take constructive criticism from a coach. It helps as they grow up and join the workforce, giving them essential tools for being a good contributor to society.” ~ Amanda