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WHPA was formed in 1984 to help write the reasonable homeschool law we have today.
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WHPA is a state-wide, inclusive, non-partisan, grassroots organization dedicated to protecting the right of freedom of parents to provide an education to their children according to their own principles and beliefs.
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Despite the Ongoing Pandemic, Nothing Has Changed in Wisconsin Homeschooling Law

Homeschooling is a legal option.

Parents and guardians who choose to homeschool should thoroughly understand their rights and responsibilities under Wisconsin law. Homeschoolers are not required to report to the state until October 15. WHPA strongly encourages parents to do no more than the law requires.

  • When and How to File the PI-1206
  • Clear guidance for public schools from the Department of Public Instruction (DPI)
  • Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) FAQs state: “Under Wis. Stat. §115.30(3), no school district can compel the submission of the form prior to October 15. If a parent communicates to their resident district their intent to homeschool their student(s), a district should consider that sufficient notice up to the October 15 deadline to submit a PI-1206 form. If you withdraw your child from a public or private school after October 15, your online PI-1206 report should be submitted or updated on or before the date your child ceases to attend the school.”
  • How to respond to contact from school officials

What is Homeschooling in Wisconsin?

We hear the word “homeschooling” a lot, but how it is used can be confusing. As the COVID 19 pandemic has forced more families to do school at home, people sometimes use the word “homeschooling” to mean “anyone doing any kind of learning in their home.” But under the law, not everyone learning at home is legally “homeschooling.” Read more…

NEWS: WHPA Response to AB 122 / SB 201 “Creation of Micro Education Pods”

AB 122 / SB 201 proposes the creation of a new class of private schools in Wisconsin, called “microschools.” These schools could be run by anyone, from any physical location, without meeting any current private school regulations other than those that currently apply to homeschools. Read more…

 

How Do We Protect Our Homeschooling Freedoms?

There are five main things that you can do, as a homeschooler in Wisconsin, to protect homeschooling freedoms.

  1. Know the history of homeschooling in Wisconsin and why homeschooling in Wisconsin is unique.
  2. Know the law and homeschool responsibly. Do what is required of homeschoolers and no more.
  3. Do not push for additional legislation for homeschoolers. Legislation is often amended and rarely passes in the condition that it was introduced.
  4. Do not ask for favors from the government. Favors and money from the government naturally come with oversight and regulation.
  5. Contact your legislators throughout the year to let them know that homeschooling is working in Wisconsin, and that homeschoolers do not support any changes to Wisconsin’s reasonable homeschooling law.

 

What is WHPA?

Wisconsin Homeschooling Parents Association is a state-wide, inclusive, non-partisan, grassroots organization dedicated to protecting the right and freedom of parents to provide an education to their children according to their own principles and beliefs.

What Does WHPA Do?

Wisconsin Homeschooling Parents Association provides accurate, up-to-date information about Wisconsin homeschooling law, and actively monitors state and national legislation regarding homeschooling. Wisconsin Homeschooling Parents Association helps you advocate for yourself.

Who Are We?

Wisconsin Homeschooling Parents Association understands that homeschooling families are diverse in their beliefs and backgrounds. We stand together in loving our children, valuing our children’s education, and treasuring our freedom to homeschool. Wisconsin Homeschooling Parents Association is an inclusive all-volunteer organization, and does not offer opinions in matters of educational methods, religion, or politics. We are strong because of our members.

Is homeschooling right for me?
Are you ready to take 100% responsibility for the education of your child(ren)? How do I know if homeschooling is right for my family? Read more…
Join WHPA
Wisconsin Homeschooling Parents Association is a non-profit, 501(c)(3), organization supported only through memberships and donations. Read more…
Wisconsin Homeschool Law
What is so unusual (and great!) about Wisconsin homeschooling law? Full legal standing and complete parental control! Read more…
WHPA History
WHPA was formed in 1984 to help write the reasonable homeschool law we have today. We worked to build a network of homeschoolers throughout the state who worked together to reclaim their right to homeschool. Read more…
Start Here
Homeschooling is not generally considered a temporary fix to short-term situations. Rather, it is an educational choice to be taken in view of the full picture of your child and family. Read more…
When and How to File the PI-1206 Homeschool Report
Filing the PI-1206 Homeschool Report properly, giving no more information than is required, and doing it at the appropriate time helps protect our homeschool law. Read more…
Donate
Wisconsin Homeschooling Parents Association provides a wide variety of resources to Wisconsin families. Your donations help make this possible. Read more…
Ask a Homeschooler!
If you have not found the information you are looking for after carefully reading our website and using our search feature, please contact our Question Answering Committee. Read more…

Last Updated on 10/21/21

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