PI-1206 Homeschool Enrollment Report (HOMER) 2018-2019

Attendance FAQs

My child is an emancipated minor. Is he/she still subject to the compulsory school attendance requirements?

In Wisconsin, marriage emancipates a minor. Although emancipated minors may make educational decisions for themselves, they are still subject to the compulsory attendance law and must attend school until the end of the school term, quarter or semester in which they become 18 years old.

A child under the age of 18 must attend a public or private school or be enrolled in a home-based private educational program.

What if I have filed form PI-1206 and someone alleges that I am not providing, and/or am incapable of providing, the required hours of instruction in the required subject areas and am therefore avoiding or circumventing the compulsory school attendance law?

As the law is currently written, neither the Department of Public Instruction nor the local education agencies (public school districts) have specific statutory authority to monitor or regulate home-based private educational programs.

On the other hand, school districts are not specifically prohibited from monitoring, regulating, or investigating homeschooling families. A school district may have implied authority to investigate a complaint alleging that a particular home-based private educational program does not meet the criteria under s. 118.165(1), Wis. Stats. As a result of such a complaint, the school district could invite you to a meeting in an attempt to document and verify the hours of instruction and curricula used in the required subject areas.

Contact Us

If you have questions about the PI-1206 Homeschool Enrollment Report (HOMER), please contact Diane Sullivan at (608) 267-9248 or toll-free at (888) 245-2732, extension 1, or send an email to Homeschooling@dpi.wi.gov.

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