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U.S. Department of Education

State Regulation of Private Schools

State Regulation of Private Schools

U.S. Department of Education Office of Innovation and Improvement

Office of Non-Public Education 2009

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U.S. Department of Education Arne Duncan Secretary Office of Innovation and Improvement James H. Shelton Assistant Deputy Secretary for Innovation and Improvement Office of Non-Public Education Jack Klenk Director July 2009 This report is in the public domain. Authorization to reproduce it in whole or in part is granted. While permission to reprint this publication is not necessary, the citation should be: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Innovation and Improvement, State Regulation of Private Schools, Washington, D.C., 2009. This report is available on the Department`s Web site at: .

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Contents

Acknowledgements............................................................................................................. v Introduction......................................................................................................................... 1 ALABAMA ........................................................................................................................ 3 ALASKA ............................................................................................................................ 8 ARIZONA......................................................................................................................... 13 ARKANSAS ..................................................................................................................... 18 CALIFORNIA .................................................................................................................. 23 COLORADO .................................................................................................................... 31 CONNECTICUT .............................................................................................................. 36 DELAWARE .................................................................................................................... 42 DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA ............................................................................................ 46 FLORIDA ......................................................................................................................... 51 GEORGIA......................................................................................................................... 57 HAWAII ........................................................................................................................... 63 IDAHO.............................................................................................................................. 70 ILLINOIS.......................................................................................................................... 75 INDIANA ......................................................................................................................... 82 IOWA................................................................................................................................ 89 KANSAS........................................................................................................................... 96 KENTUCKY................................................................................................................... 103 LOUISIANA................................................................................................................... 108 MAINE ........................................................................................................................... 116 MARYLAND ................................................................................................................. 124 MASSACHUSETTS....................................................................................................... 131 MICHIGAN .................................................................................................................... 136 MINNESOTA ................................................................................................................. 143 MISSISSIPPI .................................................................................................................. 150 MISSOURI ..................................................................................................................... 154 MONTANA .................................................................................................................... 158 NEBRASKA ................................................................................................................... 163 NEVADA........................................................................................................................ 169 NEW HAMPSHIRE ....................................................................................................... 176 NEW JERSEY ................................................................................................................ 182 NEW MEXICO............................................................................................................... 188 NEW YORK ................................................................................................................... 192 NORTH CAROLINA ..................................................................................................... 200 NORTH DAKOTA ......................................................................................................... 207 OHIO............................................................................................................................... 212 OKLAHOMA ................................................................................................................. 219 OREGON ........................................................................................................................ 225 PENNSYLVANIA.......................................................................................................... 229 PUERTO RICO .............................................................................................................. 238 RHODE ISLAND ........................................................................................................... 242 SOUTH CAROLINA...................................................................................................... 247

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SOUTH DAKOTA ......................................................................................................... 252 TENNESSEE .................................................................................................................. 260 TEXAS............................................................................................................................ 267 UTAH ............................................................................................................................. 272 VERMONT..................................................................................................................... 277 VIRGIN ISLANDS......................................................................................................... 285 VIRGINIA ...................................................................................................................... 288 WASHINGTON ............................................................................................................. 294 WEST VIRGINIA .......................................................................................................... 301 WISCONSIN .................................................................................................................. 306 WYOMING .................................................................................................................... 313 APPENDIX A: TABLES ON STATE REQUIREMENTS FOR PRIVATE SCHOOLS ......................................................................................................................................... 317 APPENDIX B: TABLE ON STATE REQUIREMENTS FOR HOMESCHOOLS ..... 333 APPENDIX C: LEGAL HISTORY OF THE REGULATION OF PRIVATE SCHOOLS (2000) .............................................................................................................................. 335

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