Legal Florida Schooling Definitions

Florida Definitions and links to relevant statutes below: 


If parents want to provide an education for their children, they first have to

provide some knowledge to themselves.  With that knowledge decisions which

will have lifetime consequences have to be made.


Parents need to know what is available for their children  and what they

want for their children.   Then they have to figure out how to achieve their

desired goals within the  legal framework.   Parents of school-age children

have to constantly be aware and on guard to protect not only one’s own

parental rights, but the also the well being of all children.  Personally I don’t

think this responsibility stops merely because one’s children are older than 18.



The Florida Home Education Law Group does not say that one style or method of

learning is any better than any other, it merely is an information exchange

network.  In order to make informed decisions one needs real information, not



These links are from the   Florida Home Education Law Group
The “Florida HomeEducation Law list” exists to network ALL homeschoolers interested
in legislative issues in Florida regardless of any group affiliation.
Those homeschooling via a private school or the home education statutes are welcome
to discuss issues here.
  which is an outstanding resource for anyone who is trying

to negotiate through  the legal  (maze) necessary to provide your children with the

education that you want for them.  There are plenty of hoops to jump through!!  And

plenty of pit-falls to avoid at the same time.



HEP student – home education program using these statutes – http://www.flsenate

.gov/statutes/ index.cfm? App_mode=Display_ Statute&Search_ String=&URL= Ch

1002/SEC41. HTM&Title= – >2003-> Ch1002-> Section%2041# 1002.41


Private school student – using these statutes – http://www.flsenate .gov/statutes/

index.cfm? App_mode=Display_ Statute&Search_ String=&URL= Ch1002/SEC42. H

TM&Title= – >2003-> Ch1002-> Section%2042# 1002.42


Tutoring program students – using these statutes http://www.flsenate .gov/statutes/

index.cfm? App_mode=Display_ Statute&Search_ String=&URL= Ch1002/SEC43. HTM

&Title= – >2003-> Ch1002-> Section%2043# 1002.43


Public school student – enrolled in some incarnation of the government schooling system

which includes traditional public schools, home bound students, charter school students,

etc. One commonality is that these students would be required to take the FCAT no matter

what incarnation of public school they are using.



Homeschooler – colloquial term that could refer to a student using any of the above methods

with the exception of public schooled students, but is without legal meaning in this state and

therefore useless in a discussion on legal issues. It is however what most, if not all, people on

this list engage in on a daily basis despite what legal definition and hoops we have chosen to

jump through.


Second-grade student suspended for imaginary weapon

What a mess. Poor kids. Poor teachers. Poor parents. Idiot administrators. . The poor boy in the article proably plays video games and watches televiision. Double Think is not good for young minds.

Family Survival Protocol - Microcosm News

Jessica Maher
Denver Post
Wed, 06 Feb 2013 12:12 CST
© screengrab via KDVR

A 7-year-old Mary Blair Elementary School student says he’s confused about getting in trouble for trying to save the world from evil, though Thompson School District officials contend that the boy broke one of the school’s “absolutes.”

Parent Mandie Watkins said Mary Blair principal Valerie Lara-Black called her Friday afternoon to inform her that her second-grade son, Alex, had been suspended for throwing an imaginary grenade during recess on the playground.

Alex did not have anything in his hand at the time and made no threats toward other people, Watkins reportedly was told.

Watkins said Alex’s story matched up with the principal’s account: He threw the pretend grenade at an imaginary box that had something evil inside.

He was going to save the earth this way, and when he threw the grenade he pretended that the…

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