An overview of the homeschool laws and regulations of Massachusetts, along with links to legislative source information, additional reference materials and government resources on homeschooling.Massachusetts State Legislature
From Advocates for Home Education in Massachusetts:
Massachusetts has no statute that specifically addresses homeschooling. Rather, homeschooling is governed by case law, in conjunction with applicable statutes. The most important case is Care and Protection of Charles & others, 399 Mass. 324 (1987). In this case, the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts upheld the compulsory attendance statute, General Laws Chapter 76, Section 1. In its decision, the Court was aware of the need to balance two basic tenets: the constitutional right of the parents to homeschool and the state’s interest in the education of its citizenry. The result was delegation of homeschooling oversight to local school districts.
Please see http://www.ahem.info/HSinMAPage.htm for actual text and interpretation of the Charles decision and other cases. Please see our support groups listing for contact with homeschoolers living in the state of Massachusetts.