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Florida law is clear. All children who turn 6 Feb.
There is a lot of misinformation in this article about the homeschooling law in Florida, and what counties can and cannot do.
A child can be homeschooled in the state of Florida and never have a meeting with the county. That is because this is not a requirement of the FL statute. A county does not have to ever have a meeting with a parent, and if they do, the child does not have to be present. The meetings can only be about the student’s progress, and to review the child’s portfolio.
The way this article is written makes it seem as if the county is being super accommodating to the parent, when in reality, they are just complying with the law.
To homeschool in Florida a parent must be able to prove that their child is progressing according to his or her own abilities. This is done with a portfolio review, which is able to be done by any person possessing a valid and current Florida Teaching Certificate. That is why there is no requirement that the county ever meet with the parent.
Furthermore, if the county finds the parent is not keeping up with the requirements of the statute, they must put the homeschool on probation for one year. After that year probation, if they still find fault with the family’s homeschool, then they are able to terminate the homeschool.
This article is clearly written by someone who is biased in their opinion against homeschooling. It would have been better to have fact checked the article and balanced it with an interview of a homeschool evaluator, or better yet, with someone from the Florida Department of Education Office of School Choice. They are constantly setting counties straight with the haphazard application of random requirements on homeschooled parents that does not comply with the Florida statute on homeschooling.
See on flaglerlive.com