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Massachusetts law about home schooling

A compilation of laws, cases, and web sources on teaching your children at home.

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Massachusetts laws

MGL c.76, § 1 Requirements and exceptions

Provides an exception from mandatory school attendance for "a child who is being otherwise instructed in a manner approved in advance by the superintendent or the school committee."

Selected case law

Care & Protection of Charles, 399 Mass. 324 (1987).
Clearly states that parents may educate their own children with approval from the school. Provides guidance in what schools may consider when deciding to grant approval. 

Goodall v. Worcester School Committee, 405 F.Supp.3d 253 (2019).
Under Massachusetts law, a parent may choose between lawful alternative forms of education by enrolling her child in a public day school, another day school approved by the school committee, or by seeing that a child is "otherwise instructed in a manner approved in advance by the superintendent or the school committee."
Mass.Gen.L. ch., 76, § 1

Web sources

Massachusetts homeschool law, HSLDA.
Provides general information on Massachusetts homeschooling at no cost. Sample forms and other materials require a paid membership in the organization.

Massachusetts homeschooling laws, Time4learning.
Provides basic information on homeschooling law in Massachusetts at no cost. Site also offers paid services. 

Print sources

Municipal law and practice (Mass. practice v.18B) § 22.8 (5th ed.) Approval of private schools, home schooling

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Last updated: June 23, 2020
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