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Kansas Laws Regulating Home Education
 Summaries and Explanations of Kansas Homeschooling Laws
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Summaries and Explanations of Kansas Homeschooling Laws Back to Top
Homeschooling in Kansas: What You Need to Know
Kansas DOE
A list of legal requirements and guidelines for those wishing to home educate in the state of Kansas. Provided by the Kansas State Department of Education.
Is Homeschooling Legal in Kansas?
Homeschooling is perfectly legal in the state of Kansas. Unfortunately, Kansas’s statutes do not mention homeschooling specifically, and thus some confusion exists on this issue, especially among public school officials and occasionally among local legal authorities. However, among the state's legal authorities, which includes the Kansas Attorney General, the Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services (SRS), the legal staff of the Kansas State Board of Education, and numerous district courts, the legality of homeschooling in Kansas is fairly well settled.
Kansas Home School Laws
HSLDA
The Home School Legal Defense Association provides a brief summary of the homeschooling laws in Kansas. Includes a link to a legal analysis of laws relating to homeschooling in Kansas.
Kansas Homeschool Legalities
Christian Home Educators Confederation of Kansas
Detailed analysis of all aspects of the laws pertaining to homeschooling in Kansas.

Kansas Statutes Back to Top
Kansas Statute 72-1111. Compulsory school attendance; exemptions.
The revelant text relating to homeschooling reads, "If the child is 16 or 17 years of age, the parent or person acting as parent, by written consent, or the court, pursuant to a court order, may allow the child to be exempt from the compulsory attendance requirements of this section."
Kansas Statute 72-53,100 Miscellaneous Provisions
Nonaccredited private schools; pupil records; definitions. As used in this act: (a) "Private elementary or secondary school" means an organization which regularly offers education at the elementary or secondary level and attendance at which satisfies the compulsory school attendance laws of this state, but which is not accredited by the state board of education. (b) "Pupil records" means all records, files and data of pupils who are or have been in attendance at a private elementary or secondary school. (c) "Official custodian" means any officer or employee of a private elementary or secondary school who is responsible for the custody and maintenance of pupil records.
Kansas Statute 72-53,101 Miscellaneous Provisions
Nonaccredited private schools; registration of name and address required; state board of education, administration and duties. (a) The official custodian of every private elementary or secondary school shall register the name and address of the private elementary or secondary school with the state board of education. (b) The state board of education shall administer the provisions of this act and shall prepare and maintain a compilation of the registrations submitted under subsection (a). (c) Upon transfer of a pupil from a private elementary or secondary school to a school district, an accredited nonpublic school, or another private elementary or secondary school, the state board of education, upon request of the school district, accredited nonpublic school, or other private elementary or secondary school therefor, shall make available the registration of the private elementary or secondary school from which the pupil transferred.
Kansas Statute 72-53,102 Miscellaneous Provisions
Nonaccredited private schools; purpose of registration requirement. The purpose of this act is solely to make available to a school district, an accredited nonpublic school, or a private elementary or secondary school to which a pupil transfers, the name and location of the private elementary or secondary school from which the pupil transferred so that request may be made by the transferee school district, accredited nonpublic school, or private elementary or secondary school for the pupil's records.

Case Law & Legal Opinions Back to Top
Pierce v. Society of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary
In Pierce v. Society of the Sisters, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that "the fundamental theory of liberty upon which all governments of this Union repose excludes any general power of the state to standardize its children by forcing them to accept instruction from public teachers only. The child is not the creature of the state."


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