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Tennessee Laws Regulating Home Education
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Summaries and Explanations of Tennessee Homeschooling Laws Back to Top
Church-Related Home School Procedures
Tennessee Department of Education
This is a summary of part of the statutes regulating home eduation in Tennesse. Provided by the Tennessee Department of Education.
Home Schooling in Tennessee - Basic Information
Tennessee Department of Education
This summary is provided by the Tennesse Department of Education.
Independent Home School Procedures
Tennessee Department of Education
This is a summary of part of the statutes regulating home eduation in Tennesse. Provided by the Tennessee Department of Education.
Non-Lawyer Version of the Law
Kay Brooks
This is a summary of the laws regulating home education in the state of Tennessee.
Requirements for Church and Independent Home Schools
Tennessee Department of Education
This is a chart that covers all of the requirements for each option to homeschool under the current law. Provided by the Tennessee Department of Education.
Tennessee Home School Laws from HSLDA
HSLDA
The Home School Legal Defense Association provides a brief summary of the homeschooling laws in Tennessee. Includes a link to a legal analysis of laws relating to homeschooling in Tennessee.

Tennessee Statutes Back to Top
49-50-801. Church-related schools.
  1. As used in this section, unless the context otherwise requires, "church-related school" means a school operated by denominational, parochial or other bona fide church organizations, which are required to meet the standards of accreditation or membership of the Tennessee Association of Christian Schools, the Association of Christian Schools International, the Tennessee Association of Independent Schools, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the Tennessee Association of Non-Public Academic Schools, the Tennessee Association of Church Related Schools, or a school affiliated with Accelerated Christian Education, Inc.
  2. The state board of education and local boards of education are prohibited from regulating the selection of faculty or textbooks or the establishment of a curriculum in church-related schools.
  3. The state board of education and local boards of education shall not prohibit or impede the transfer of a student from a church-related school to a public school of this state. Local boards may, however, place students transferring from a church-related school to a public school in a grade level based upon the student's performance on a test administered by the board for that purpose. In local school systems where the local board of education requires tests for students transferring to that system from another public school system, the same test shall be administered to students transferring to such system from church-related schools. Church-related schools shall be conducted for the same length of term as public schools.
  4. Nothing in this section shall be interpreted as prohibiting church-related schools from voluntarily seeking approval by the state board of education, nor prohibiting the state board of education from extending such approval when it is voluntarily sought.
49-6-3001. School age - Entrance - Attendance - Withdrawal.
  1. The public schools shall be free to all persons above the age of five (5) years, or who will become five (5) years of age on or before September 30, residing within the state.
    1. Any child residing within the state who is five (5) years of age or who will become five (5) years of age on or before September 30 may enter at the beginning of the term the public school designated by the local board of education having appropriate jurisdiction; provided, that such child enters within thirty (30) days after the opening day of the term.
    2. Any child who will not become five (5) years of age until after December 31 shall not enter school during that school year; provided, that school systems having semiannual promotions may admit at the beginning of any semester children who will become five (5) years of age within sixty (60) days following the opening of the semester.
    3. Where a pupil meets the requirements of the state board of education for transfer and/or admission purposes, as determined by the commissioner of education, such pupil may be admitted by a local board of education, notwithstanding any other provision or act to the contrary.
    1. Every parent, guardian or other legal custodian residing within this state having control or charge of any child or children between six (6) years of age and seventeen (17) years of age, both inclusive, shall cause such child or children to attend public or non-public school, and in event of failure to do so, shall be subject to the penalties hereinafter provided. The LEA in which a transfer student seeks to enroll may require disclosure and copies of the student's records in accordance with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (20 U.S.C. § 1232g et seq.), including, but not limited to, disciplinary records from educational agencies where the student was previously enrolled.
    2. The provisions of subdivision (c)(1) do not apply to any child who:
      1. Has received a diploma or other certificate of graduation issued to the person from a secondary high school of this state or any other state;
      2. Is enrolled and making satisfactory progress in a course leading to a general educational development certificate (GED) from a state-approved institution or organization, or who has obtained such certificate. Any institution or organization which enrolls a child who is under eighteen (18) years of age shall provide a report to the local board of education at least three (3) times each year relative to the progress of all such persons under eighteen (18) years of age. If the local board of education determines any child under eighteen (18) years of age is not making satisfactory progress, then such child shall be subject to the provisions of subdivision (c)(1);
      3. Is six (6) years of age or younger and whose parent or guardian has filed a notice of intent to conduct a home school with the director of the LEA or with the director of a church-related school; or
      4. A student enrolled in a home school who has reached seventeen (17) years of age.
    3. For the purposes of this part, "public school" and "non-public school" are defined as follows:
      1. "Non-public school" means a church-related school, home school or private school;
        1. "Church-related school" means a school as defined in § 49-50-801;
        2. "Home school" means a school as defined in § 49-6-3050; and
        3. "Private school" means a school accredited by, or a member of, an organization or association approved by the state board of education as an organization accrediting or setting academic requirements in schools, or which has been approved by the state, or is in the future approved by the commissioner in accordance with rules promulgated by the state board of education; and
      2. "Public school" means any school operated by an LEA or by the state with public funds.
    4. A parent or guardian with any good and substantial reason as determined by such parent or other person having legal custody of a child, and agreed to by the respective local board of education, may withdraw such parent or other person's child from a public school; provided, that within thirty (30) days the parent or person having legal custody of the child places the child in a public school designated by such local board of education, or in a non-public school, as herein defined.
    5. A parent or guardian who believes that such parent's or guardian's child is not ready to attend school at the designated age of mandatory attendance may make application to the principal of the public school which the child would attend for a one (1) semester or one (1) year deferral in required attendance. Any such deferral shall be reported to the director of the LEA by the principal.
    6. Notwithstanding any other law to the contrary, a person designated as a caregiver with the power of attorney for care of a minor child pursuant to title 34, chapter 6, part 3, shall have the right to enroll the minor child in the LEA serving the area where the caregiver resides. The LEA shall allow a caregiver with a properly executed power of attorney for care of a minor child, pursuant to title 34, chapter 6, part 3, to enroll the minor child, but may require documentation of the minor child's residence with a caregiver and/or documentation or other verification of the validity of the stated hardship prior to enrollment. If the minor child ceases to reside with the caregiver, then the caregiver shall notify any person, school or health care provider that has been provided documentation of the power of attorney for care of a minor child. Except where limited by federal law, the caregiver shall be assigned the rights, duties and responsibilities that would otherwise be assigned to the parent, legal guardian or legal custodian pursuant to this title. If at any time the parent or legal guardian disagrees with the decision of the caregiver or chooses to make any educational decisions for the minor child, then the parent must revoke the power of attorney and provide the LEA written documentation of the revocation.
49-6-3005. Children excused from compulsory attendance.
  1. The following classes of children between six (6) and seventeen (17) years of age, both inclusive, shall be temporarily excused from complying with the provisions of this part, the local board of education to be sole judge in all such cases involving children who are enrolled in a public school and, as to children enrolled in a non-public school, as defined by § 49-6-3001(c)(3)(A), the director of schools of the school to be the sole judge in all such cases:
    1. Children mentally or physically incapacitated to perform school duties (such disability to be attested by a duly licensed physician in all cases);
    2. Children who have completed high school and hold a high school diploma;
    3. Children temporarily excused from attendance in school under rules and regulations promulgated by the state board of education, which rules and regulations shall not be in conflict with § 50-5-103, or any other law governing child labor in this state;
    4. Children six (6) years of age or under whose parent or guardian have filed a notice of intent to conduct a home school as provided by § 49-6-3001 or who are conducting a home school as provided by § 49-6-3050; and
    5. Children who have attained their seventeenth birthday and whose continued compulsory attendance, in the opinion of the board of education in charge of the school to which such children belong and are enrolled, results in detriment to good order and discipline and to the instruction of other students and is not of substantial benefit to such children.
  2. In all such cases, the board shall first obtain the recommendation in writing from the director of schools of the system and the principal of the school to which such child or children belong.
  3. No child who is refused attendance in a school nearer to such child's residence having equivalent grade levels and curriculum shall be required to attend public or non-public school as provided in § 49-6-3001.
  4. In addition to the categories of children specified in subsection (a), the local board of education may excuse children from attendance in accordance with guidelines developed by the state board of education for this purpose. The state board of education shall have the guidelines approved by the joint oversight committee on education before implementation.
49-6-3007. Attendance and truancy reports - Enforcement of compulsory attendance.
  1. On or before the beginning of the school term each year, the director of schools of each school district shall furnish to the principal teacher in each school, or cause to be furnished, through any duly elected attendance teacher, as herein provided, the names of children depending on their schools for instruction, together with the names of the parents or guardians of the children, the lists to be taken from the census enumeration on file in the office of the director of schools, or from any other available and reliable sources.
  2. It is the duty of every principal or teacher of a public school to report to the director of schools, immediately after the opening of school, the names of all children on the list furnished to the director of schools who have not appeared for enrollment.
  3. It is the duty of the principals and teachers of all schools, public, private, denominational or parochial, to report in writing to the director of schools of the system in which the school is located the names, ages and residences of all pupils in attendance at their schools and classes within thirty (30) days after the beginning of the school year, and to make such other reports of attendance in their schools or classes, including transfers of pupils, as may be required by rule or regulation of the local board of education and of the state board of education. Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (g), the provisions of this subsection shall apply to any child less than six (6) years of age who is enrolled in any school to which the provisions of this subsection are applicable.
  4. All public, private and parochial schools shall keep daily reports of attendance, verified by the teacher making such record, which shall be open to inspection at all reasonable times, to the director of schools of the system in which the school is located or to the director of schools' duly authorized representative. Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (g), the provisions of this subsection shall apply to any child less than six (6) years of age who is enrolled in any school to which the provisions of this subsection are applicable.
    1. It is the duty of the principal or teacher of every public, private or parochial school to report promptly to the director of schools, or the director of schools' designated representative, the names of all children who have withdrawn from school, or who have been absent five (5) days (this means an aggregate of five (5) days during the school year and not necessarily five (5) consecutive days) without adequate excuse. Each successive accumulation of five (5) unexcused absences by a student shall also be reported.
    2. Such director of schools shall thereupon serve, or cause to be served, upon the parent, guardian or other person in Tennessee in parental relation to such children unlawfully absent from school, written notice that attendance of such children at school is required. A new notice shall be sent after each successive accumulation of five (5) unexcused absences.
    3. If it appears that, within three (3) days after receipt of the notice, any child, parent, guardian or other person in parental relation has failed to comply with the provisions of this part, the director of schools, in the name of the local school system, shall report the facts of such unlawful attendance to the sheriff, constable, city police officer, district attorney general, or the foreman of the grand jury, who shall proceed against the parent, guardian or other person in parental relation in accordance with the provisions of this part, unless the parent, guardian or person having charge and control of the child shall at once place the child in some day school as aforementioned.
  5. The director of schools of any local school system, after written notice to the parent or guardian of a child, shall report any child who is habitually and unlawfully absent from school to the appropriate judge having juvenile jurisdiction in that county, each case to be dealt with in such manner as the judge may determine to be in the best interest of the child, consistent with the provisions of §§ 37-1-132, 37-1-168 and 37-1-169 and in the event the child is adjudicated to be unruly, the judge may assess a fine of up to fifty dollars ($50.00) or five (5) hours of community service, in the discretion of the judge, against the parents or legal guardians of children in kindergarten through grade twelve (K-12) if the child is absent more than five (5) days during any school year.
  6. Except as otherwise provided by § 49-6-3001 or § 49-6-3005, the provisions of this section shall be applicable to children less than six (6) years of age and their parent, guardian, or other person in a parental relation when such parent, guardian, or other person in a parental relation has enrolled the child in any school which receives funding based on average daily membership; provided, that a child may be withdrawn within six (6) weeks of initial enrollment without penalty.
  7. For the purposes of this part, for recording and coding student absences from school because of disciplinary actions, the following definitions shall apply:
    1. "Expulsion" is defined as removal from attendance for more than ten (10) consecutive days or more than fifteen (15) days in a month of school attendance. Multiple suspensions that occur consecutively shall constitute expulsion. The school district shall not be eligible to receive funding for an expelled student;
    2. "Remand" is defined as assignment to an alternative school. The student so assigned shall be included in ADA/ADM and will continue to be counted as present for funding purposes. The department of education shall establish a set of codes to be used for reporting reasons for students on remand to an alternative school; and
    3. "Suspension" is defined as dismissed from attendance at school for any reason not exceeding ten (10) consecutive days. Multiple suspensions shall not run consecutively nor shall multiple suspensions be applied to avoid expulsion from school. The school district shall remain eligible to receive funding for a suspended student.
      1. An LEA may enter into an agreement with the local law enforcement agency serving the area of the LEA and the appropriate local government in that area to assist in the enforcement of compulsory attendance upon complying with the following conditions:
        1. Creation by the local school board of an advisory council to assist the board in formulating the agreement. The board shall include representatives of teachers, parents, administrators, and other community representatives;
        2. Receipt of input from neighborhood groups and other interested parties;
        3. At least one (1) public hearing on the proposed plan prior to its adoption by the board;
        4. Provisions for training teachers, principals, social workers, and other personnel involved in the schools in truancy issues;
        5. Provisions for assuring the training of involved law enforcement personnel in provisions of the truancy law, including categories of students to which the law does not apply, such as private school students or home school students; and
        6. Inclusion in the agreement of safeguards to protect students from discriminatory or selective enforcement and to protect the civil rights of students and parents. If such an agreement is entered into, then it shall be the duty of the principal or teacher of every public school to report promptly to the director of schools, or the director of schools' designated representative, the names of all children who have been absent two (2) days (this means an aggregate of two (2) days during the school year and not necessarily two (2) consecutive days) without adequate excuse and shall continue to report each subsequent absence without adequate excuse.
      2. Such director of schools shall thereupon serve, or cause to be served, upon the parent, guardian or other person in Tennessee in parental relation to such children unlawfully absent from school, written notice that attendance of such children at school is required, and of the provisions of this subsection.
      3. Under the provisions of such an agreement, and for purposes of this section and § 37-1-102(b)(23)(A)(i), a student who has been absent an aggregate three (3) days without adequate excuse may be deemed habitually truant.
      4. The director of schools or director of schools' representative may issue a list of such "truant" students to the local law enforcement agency for the purpose of allowing the law enforcement agency to take such student into temporary custody when such student is found away from the school premises during school hours, in a public place, in any public or private conveyance, or in any public place of business open to the public, without adequate excuse, unless accompanied by a parent, foster parent or legal guardian. The agreement shall further specify that the law enforcement officer's sole function shall be to deliver the child to:
        1. The parent, foster parent, legal guardian, or other person having control or custody of the child;
        2. The principal of the school in which the child is enrolled;
        3. A truancy center established by the LEA; or
        4. The juvenile court, if there has been a local interagency agreement entered into by the juvenile court and the local law enforcement agency.
      5. The powers conferred under such agreements may be exercised without warrant and without subsequent legal proceedings.
      6. The provisions of this subsection shall not apply to students enrolled in home or non-public schools in accordance with the provisions of §§ 49-6-3050 or 49-50-801.
      7. Upon issuance of a standing order by the juvenile court, LEA officials shall be allowed to release student record information to local law enforcement agencies and to juvenile justice system officials to assist such officials in effectively serving the student whose record is released. Officials and authorities receiving such information shall not disclose the information to any other party without prior written consent of the parent.
49-6-3050. Home schools.
    1. A "home school" is a school conducted by parent(s) or legal guardian(s) for their own children. In the case of special needs courses, such as laboratory sciences, vocational education, special education, etc., premises approved by the local director of schools may be used. Public school facilities may be used by home school participants with the approval of the local director of schools, but this permissive authority shall not be construed to confer any right upon such participants to use public school facilities. If approved, such use shall be in accordance with rules established by the local board of education.
      1. Home schools which teach kindergarten through grade twelve (K-12), where the parents are associated with an organization that conducts church-related schools, as defined by § 49-50-801, which are supervised by such organization through the director of schools of such organization's department of education, and which administer standardized achievement tests at the same time such tests are given in their regular day schools, are exempt from the provisions of this section.
      2. Parent-teachers registered with such organization for conducting a home school for children in grades nine through twelve (9-12) shall possess at least a high school diploma or general education development certificate (GED), and shall have such grade nine through twelve (9-12) students administered an annual standardized achievement test or the Sanders Model of value-added assessment, whichever is in use in that LEA and is sanctioned by the state board of education.
        1. Notwithstanding the provisions of subdivision (a)(2)(A), any parent desiring to conduct a home school covered by the provisions of this subdivision must register children who would be in grades nine through twelve (9-12) with the LEA which the child would otherwise attend.
        2. Any parent conducting a home school for children in grades nine through twelve (9-12) under this subdivision (a)(2) must adhere to the same program of the Sanders Model of value-added assessment, or other standardized achievement testing in use in the LEA which the child would otherwise attend. If the child fails, for two (2) consecutive years, to meet or surpass the average level of achievement in the Sanders Model of value-added assessment or other standardized achievement testing in use in the LEA, the child shall be enrolled in the appropriate grade level of the LEA or private or church-related school.
  1. A parent-teacher conducting a home school must comply with the following requirements:
    1. Notice to the local director of schools by August 1 before the commencement of each school year of the parent-teacher's intent to conduct a "home school" and, for the purpose of reporting only, submit the name, number, age and grade level of children involved, the location of the school, the curriculum to be offered and the proposed hours of instruction and the qualifications of the parent-teacher relative to subdivision (b)(4) or (b)(7). Information contained in such reports may be used only for record keeping and other purposes for which similar information on public school students may be used in accordance with guidelines, rules and regulations of the state board of education. If notice is not given by August 1, but is given by September 1, it may be submitted upon payment by the parent of a penalty of twenty dollars ($20.00) for each week or portion thereof by which notice is late. This penalty payment shall not exceed eighty dollars ($80.00) and shall be charged per family regardless of the number of children attending the home school. The director of schools has the discretionary authority to waive the September 1 deadline for good and sufficient reasons. The director of schools or the director of schools' designee shall ensure that attendance teachers are informed of parents' rights to conduct a home school pursuant to § 49-6-3001(c)(4), subsection (a) of this section, and § 49-50-801 upon employment of such persons and at the beginning of each school year;
    2. Maintenance of attendance records, subject to inspection by the local director of schools, and submission of these records to the director of schools at the end of each school year;
    3. Instruction for at least four (4) hours per day for the same number of instructional days as are required by state law for public schools;
    4. Possession of a high school diploma or GED by the parent-teacher conducting classes in kindergarten through grade eight (K-8);
      1. Administration by the commissioner of education, or the commissioner's designee, or by a professional testing service which is approved by the LEA, to home school students of the same state board approved secure standardized tests required of public school students in grades five (5), seven (7) and nine (9); however, the test for grade nine (9) shall not be the high school proficiency test required by § 49-6-6001;
        1. Tests administered by the commissioner or the commissioner's designee shall be at the same time tests are administered to public school students, and shall be administered in the public school which the home school student would otherwise be attending, or at whatever location students at such school are tested. Tests administered by the commissioner, or the commissioner's designee, shall be administered without charge. The parent-teacher may be present when the home school student is tested in grade five (5). Both parent-teacher and home school student shall be under the supervision of the test administrator;
        2. Tests administered by a professional testing service shall be administered within thirty (30) days of the date of the statewide test. Tests administered by a professional testing service shall be administered at the expense of the parent-teacher;
        3. All test results from either administration by the commissioner or the commissioner's designee, or by a professional testing service, shall be provided to the parent-teacher, the director of schools and the state board of education;
      1. Consultation between the director of schools and the parent-teacher if the home school student falls three (3) to six (6) months behind the home school student's appropriate grade level, based on the test required in subdivision (b)(5);
      2. If a home school student falls six (6) to nine (9) months behind the home school student's appropriate grade level in the home school student's reading, language arts, mathematics or science test scores or such of these areas, regardless of the term used on the test, as are actually tested for the student's grade level, based on the tests required in subdivision (b)(5), the parent shall consult with a teacher licensed by the state board of education and having a certificate or endorsement in the grade level or course or subject matter in which consultation is sought. The parent and teacher shall design a remedial course to help the child obtain the child's appropriate grade level. The parent shall report the remedial course for the child to the local director of schools;
        1. If a home school student falls more than one (1) year behind the home school student's appropriate grade level in the home school student's comprehensive test score for two (2) consecutive tests based on the tests required in subdivision (b)(5) and if the child is not learning disabled in the opinion of a teacher licensed to teach at the child's grade level, the local director of schools may require the parents to enroll the child in a public, private or church-related school, in accordance with this part, and the parents shall have all rights provided by law to respond to this requirement;
        2. If a test indicates that a home school student is one (1) year or more behind the home school student's appropriate grade level, the same test shall be administered to the child not more than one (1) year later, notwithstanding the required testing schedule in subdivision (b)(5)(A);
    5. Possession of at least a baccalaureate degree awarded by a college or university accredited by an accrediting agency or association recognized by the state board of education, by a parent-teacher conducting classes in grades nine through twelve (9-12). A parent-teacher may request an exemption from this requirement from the department on a year-to-year basis;
    6. Notification in writing to the local director of schools by a parent-teacher conducting classes in grades nine through twelve (9-12) as to whether a college preparatory or general course of education will be taught to the home school student, and a description of the courses to be taught in each year;
      1. If a college preparatory course is to be given, it must include those areas of study required for admission into public four-year colleges operated by the state;
      2. If a general course is to be given, it must include those courses or areas of study required by the state board of education for graduation from public high schools;
    7. Proof shall be submitted to the local director of schools that the home school student has been vaccinated as required by § 49-6-5001, and has received any other health services or examinations as may be required by law generally for children in Tennessee;
    8. Submission by the home school student entering public schools to the evaluation test provided for in § 49-50-801, if the local system requires such test, or the tests required by the state board of education for transfer students; and
    9. In the event of the illness of a parent-teacher, or the inadequacy of the parent-teacher to teach a specific subject, a tutor, having the same qualifications which would be required of a parent-teacher teaching that grade level or course, may be employed by the parent-teacher.
  2. An LEA which has responsibility under this section on account of the conduct of home schools within its jurisdiction shall receive a state grant for accounting and record keeping expenses. The amount of this grant shall be set annually by the commissioner in an amount not to exceed one hundred dollars ($100) per home school student. The grant shall not be included in, or considered a part of, the Tennessee foundation program.
49-6-5001. General provisions.
  1. The commissioner of health is authorized, subject to the approval of the public health council, to designate diseases against which children must be immunized prior to attendance at any school, nursery school, kindergarten, preschool or child care facility of Tennessee.
    1. (1) It is the responsibility of the parents or guardian of children to have their children immunized, as required by subsection (a).
    2. (2) In the absence of an epidemic or immediate threat thereof, this section shall not apply to any child whose parent or guardian shall file with school authorities a signed, written statement that such immunization and other preventive measures conflict with the parent's or guardian's religious tenets and practices, affirmed under the penalties of perjury.
    1. No children shall be permitted to attend any public school, nursery school, kindergarten, preschool or child care facility until proof of immunization is given the admissions officer of the school, nursery school, kindergarten, preschool or child care facility except as provided in subsection (b).
    2. No child shall be denied admission to any school or school facility if such child has not been immunized due to medical reasons if such child has a written statement from the child's doctor excusing the child from such immunization.
  2. Each child attending any school, nursery school, kindergarten, preschool or child care facility without furnishing proof of immunization or exception under subsection (b) and/or (e), shall not be counted in the average daily attendance of students for the distribution of state school funds.
  3. Any immunization specified hereunder shall not be required if a qualified physician shall certify that administration of such immunization would be in any manner harmful to the child involved.
  4. The commissioner shall promulgate rules and regulations necessary to carry out this section.
49-6-5002. Certificate of immunization.
  1. Proof of immunization shall be established by a certificate of immunization listing all immunizations which a child has received. Such certificates shall be signed by a physician or a health care provider administering immunizations. Beginning with the 1986 school year, all certificates of immunization shall be on forms furnished by the department of health.
  2. The certificate of immunizations required of any child who has not received all immunizations required by the commissioner of health, under the provisions of § 49-6-5001(a), shall be forwarded to the commissioner. The commissioner shall be responsible for monitoring the health records and notifying the student's legal guardian(s) and the local school system in the case of noncompliance with immunization requirements.
49-6-5003. Hepatitis B immunization.
  1. The department of health shall create a plan to protect young Tennesseans against Hepatitis B by immunization and to prevent the spread of the disease.
  2. The department shall also promulgate the necessary rules to add Hepatitis B to the schedule of immunizations required for kindergarten entry.
49-6-6002. Tests not to be conducted earlier than grade three (3).
No state-mandated test shall be conducted earlier than grade three (3), except that when the first and second grade tests provided for in Acts 1997, ch. 434, § 7 are available, these tests shall be conducted.

Government Publications Back to Top
Jeter Memorandum
The Jeter Memorandum is the result of trouble homeschoolers in West Tennessee had with truancy officials disagreeing with local homeschoolers and a CRS over just what was required of homeschoolers.

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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