Homeschool Registration

Prevent Child Abuse Iowa recognizes the important role legislation plays in the future of Iowa’s children. We support a change to state code that would require parents to register their children annually with district superintendents.

Goal: Require parents who educate their children through private instruction to present and annual “Notification of Intent to Homeschool” to the superintendent of their local school district.

Iowa prides itself as a leader in education and a great place to raise a family. Iowans value a parent’s right to determine the best educational setting for their children. Homeschooling can be a useful educational framework for Iowa children.

However, homeschooling can sometimes be used as a means to isolate, abuse and neglect children, resulting in extreme trauma or even death. The 2012–2013 school year was the last time the Iowa Department of Education collected information about homeschool student populations. At that time 2.3% of Iowa school-aged children were homeschooled (10,732 students).

An annual notification of intent to homeschool would create opportunity for collaboration between homeschool families and their local school district. Many homeschool families already collaborate with their local district to provide education supports or extracurricular opportunities to participate in music, athletics or other activities.

Annual homeschool registration with a local public school superintendent’s office would improve child protection for the more than 10,000 youth who are homeschooled in Iowa.

We encourage you to ask your legislator to support this change to Iowa Code Chapter 299A.

Find Your Legislator

We encourage you to ask your legislator to support this change to Iowa Code Chapter 299A.

Below are initial talking points to use when contacting your representatives. Please use these as a starting point, we encourage you to add your personal experience and/or professional opinions as part of your conversation.

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    Iowans hold pride in their state as a leader in education and a great place to raise a family. Many home school families collaborate with their local school districts to provide additional educational supports for their students.

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    Homeschooling can sometimes be used as a means to isolate, abuse and neglect children, which can result in extreme trauma or even death.

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    We ask the Iowa legislature to develop an annual notification of intent from parents who homeschool as an opportunity to create further collaboration and improve child protection for the more than 10,000 Iowa youth who are homeschooled.