I recently found out that a local mom, freshly moved to the state, was told that she needed to be interviewed by the Superintendent of (Name) City Schools to decide whether or not she was qualified to teach. Who passed on this little nugget of untruth? That's right - the district enrollment office. She was also informed that she needed to get the Superintendent's approval for the curriculum she wanted to use; and that she couldn't begin homeschooling until that was done.
As far as assessment - she was told that the Super would need to see **all** the work her children completed, and that he would then decide whether or not she could continue the following year.
Based on that information, she decided that homeschooling was an unattainable goal, so instead bought a house in my local school district - one with "better" schools than (Name) Public, with a view to sending her kids to "better" public schools.
Yes - she ***BOUGHT A HOUSE*** based on misinformation from the school district regarding homeschooling. I met her through a friend, and we were both horrified to hear her story. She, as you can imagine, was quite upset to find out that she had been misinformed. Now she has a house that is more expensive than it needed it to be - in a school district she won't use - all because she was given misinformation by a district office.
If you want to find out information about homeschooling - look up a local homeschool support group and ask them - not the establishment that you're seeking to remove yourself from.
Written by another homeschooling mom. Edited slightly to remove identifying information. Used with permission. Originally posted on a homeschooling board.