1. Please stop asking us if it's legal. If it is — and it is — it's insulting to imply that we're criminals. And if we were criminals, would we admit it?
Yes folks, homeschooling is legal here in the USA, land of the free and home of the brave. We have to follow the Rules and Regulations set forth by the NYS Education Department just like any other place of instruction. The only difference is NYS does not currently require any credentials for teachers giving home instruction. I also don't need a Certificate from the Health Department to feed my kids lunch, and I don't need to be an RN to give them a Tylenol... but I digress.
You might be suprised, however, at how many NYS Certified teachers homeschool their own children. I can name 4 right off the top of my head, and I am sure there are many more of which I am not aware.
In any case, we are in contact with our local school district several times a year. We submit quarterly "report cards" just like your kids' teachers do. We tell them our plan of instruction for the year and we have to submit test scores periodically as well. I dare say, a good majority of us are doing this to provide what we believe to be the very best education possible for our children. What kind of civics lesson would we be encouraging if our very existence was against the law?
So now you know.