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5 Common Homeschooling Legal Questions

Approximately 1.7 million children are homeschooled in this country each year, and that number is on the rise. People homeschool for a variety of reasons, most notably providing a better education than local public schools, a better curriculum, or a difference in moral values.

If you are interested in homeschooling your child, before you take the leap, here are five common homeschooling legal questions, and answers, to get you started.

Common Reasons Teachers Get Sued

Teachers Beware! America is known for being a litigious society, and no one is immune from a lawsuit, not even a beloved teacher. Though in many instances, a school or school district is named as a defendant in a lawsuit, there are times when teachers are individually sued and held civilly liable. What can a teacher do? In addition to carrying teacher's insurance to help cover legal costs, teachers may want to steer clear of the following.

It almost that time when your baby goes from high school senior to first year college student. And while you're juggling all the emotions that can arise when a child goes off to college, there are some legal issues you might want to handle before classes start this fall.

If you're worried about your child's health, finances, and grades when they go to college, here are four essential documents to ease your mind:

In the wake of the Parkland, Florida school shooting earlier this year, students nationwide staged walkouts to protest gun violence and support stricter gun control laws. Students at Hononegah Community High School in Rockton, Illinois walked out on March 14, 2018, but not all of those students were on the same side of the gun control debate.

Madison Oster, a junior at Hononegah with "sincerely-held beliefs regarding the individual right of the Second Amendment, firearms policies in general, and about the optimal way to protect schools in the event of a violent attack" marched that day carrying signs that read "Pro Life, Pro God, Pro Gun" and "Protect Us, Police For All Schools." And a lawsuit filed this week claims the school "systematically segregated, suppressed, and ostracized" the viewpoints expressed by Oster a similarly-minded students.

Less than two weeks after a federal judge in Michigan dismissed a lawsuit filed on behalf of Detroit students claiming they lacked the resources to attain literacy, a California judge refused to throw out another suit filed by parents of students from Los Angeles, Inglewood, and Stockton, which alleges the state has failed to improve literacy education and make it available to all students.

So how is the California case different?

We know -- summer is here. Which means you and your family are in the throes of summer vacation. But if you happen to be moving this summer or you have a child about to start kindergarten, you're probably already looking forward to next school year. And if you haven't registered your child for public school or applied for private school yet, you may already be too late.

Lucky for you, many schools and school districts have late registration periods, so you might be able to get your child in school before the fall rolls around. Here's what you need to know to get ready for school and get your child enrolled.

Last year, students in the Detroit Public School system sued the State of Michigan, claiming "their school buildings, unlike those of other Michigan students, are replete with conditions 'that make learning nearly impossible' ... that their schools, unlike other Michigan students', lack enough teachers to hold classes in which they would learn to read [and] unlike other Michigan students, they lack books necessary to attain literacy." These defects in their education, they alleged, amounted to a denial of their constitutional right to access to literacy.

But a federal judge disagreed this week, ruling that there is no fundamental right of access to literacy under the U.S. Constitution, and dismissing the case. Here's a look at why.

Previously reserved for getting small business and creative ideas off the ground, crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter, Indiegogo, and GoFundMe have morphed into online money pools funding everything from legal fees to medical expenses. So, for those toiling under the crushing burden of student loans, it's only natural to wonder whether you can crowdfund your way out of that debt.

But before you go asking strangers to pay back that law school loan, here are a few legal considerations to take into account.

According to Courthouse News, there has been an unprecedented surge in interest for homeschooling children, based on the decline in funding for public schools, bullying issues, and recent mass school shootings. Courthouse News was also careful to point out that the largely unregulated nature of homeschooling has led to instances of child abuse, and a number of mass killers, Mark Anthony Conditt and Adam Lanza among them, have been homeschooled.

If you're a parent considering homeschooling your children, you've got a lot of things to think about, from time for teaching to testing requirements. Here are three legal considerations to think about as well:

Eight states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana for recreational use. In almost all those states, the user must be an adult, over the age of 18. And while most of us are OK with adults having a joint like they would a cigarette or a beer, we might be taken aback by school nurses giving students weed. After all, aren't schools drug free zones?

Perhaps no longer in Colorado, one of the first states to legalize it. A Colorado law allowing school nurses to administer medical marijuana just passed an important House committee vote, the bill will now move to the House for debate.