Since “home-based private educational programs” are not included in the state statute regarding immunization (252.04), this statute does not apply to homeschoolers. Confirmation of this is also noted on page 13 of the Department of Health Services publication, “Wisconsin School Immunization Requirements, 2019-2020

PLEASE NOTE: If homeschoolers choose to take classes at public or private schools or participate in sports or extracurricular activities, these students may be subject to the requirements of the institution.

WPA will not assist homeschoolers in complying with regulations demanded by public school districts when a homeschool student wishes to participate in a public or private school program.

Does my local school district receive money for my child even though he/she is homeschooled?

No. In Wisconsin, public schools receive most of their funding from state aid and property taxes. State equalization aid is distributed to school districts based, in part, on the number of students enrolled in the public schools on certain dates during the school year. Since a homeschooled student is not enrolled in a public school, the child’s resident school district is not allowed to count that child in its enrollment count for the purposes of claiming state aid. As a homeschooler, there are no state funds allocated to your school district on behalf of your child.

Will I need any of my homeschool records when I enter the workforce?

The short answer is: probably.

Similar to homeschoolers getting into college, homeschoolers entering the workforce may find they have a few extra hoops to jump through when seeking employment and demonstrating that they graduated from a home-based private education program. Similar to getting into college, applying for a job as a homeschool graduate may take some additional advocacy on your part. As with entering college, you may find you will need to sell yourself and your experiences as a homeschooler. Your unique educational choices and experiences can be a real asset to a workforce filled with other employees who may have followed a more traditional path.

What home-based private education records might an employer require? Make sure you keep the following records in a safe place:

  • Your diploma issued by the administrator of your home-based private education program.
  • Your PI-1206 forms covering your high school years. (Remember that this is your proof of enrollment in a home-based private education program. The DPI only retains copies of the PI-1206 forms for seven years.)
  • Your final high school transcript.

All of these records provide documentation that you have graduated from a home-based private educational program in the state of Wisconsin and that your diploma is legitimate.

To the administrator of a home-based educational program: As the administrator of your home-based private educational program, it is your responsibility to retain these records and any other records that you deem appropriate. Consider making sure each of your students has copies of these records as well.

WPA Response to Abuse and Regulation

Child abuse is never acceptable in any situation. Laws are currently in place that make the abuse of children illegal and legally punishable, and that allow authorities to remove children from unsafe environments, no matter where those children are being educated.

Many public statements recently suggest that there should be additional regulation of homeschooling to prevent child abuse. Anecdotes used to illustrate the need for increased regulation of homeschooling are overwhelmingly stories of families who were already in contact with Child Protective Services. These cases do not represent a failure of homeschooling—they represent a failure on the part of a system already in place to do what is necessary to protect children who are known to be at risk.

There is no statistical evidence that children who are homeschooled are at greater risk of abuse or neglect. There is no evidence that tighter regulation of homeschooling would in any way affect child abuse statistics. There are laws in place to prevent child abuse and deal with abuse when it is found. Flaws in this system are not the result of homeschooling and would not be remedied by creating additional homeschooling regulation.

Talking points for this issue:

  • There is no evidence to suggest that homeschooling is a risk factor for child abuse.
    There is no evidence to suggest that increased regulation of homeschooling results in lower rates of child abuse.
  • Child Protective Services are equipped to intervene in any situation where they feel a child is being harmed.
  • Homeschoolers who follow their states’ homeschooling laws should not face additional scrutiny because of the educational choice they have made for their children.
  • It is not logical to assume that if abusive parents aren’t following the laws that are already in place, they would follow additional laws.

Wisconsin Parents Association cares deeply for the well-being of children. We all have our own reasons for homeschooling, and we must all stand together to support homeschooling families who choose to take responsibility for the education of their children.

It is up to all of us to be informed about these issues and to use our voices to let people know that these horrific situations do not reflect the homeschooling community.

Still have questions?
Get in touch with our experienced volunteers.

Comments are closed