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Teaching Other Children

Updated: Jun 7, 2023

May a parent have their CHILD home educated by another parent as long as the parent of the CHILD gives the teaching parent directions? If not why?

M.C., Palm Beach county

Before the 1998 changes in language, the law said that the parent had to teach their own child, as in the education would take place in the child’s home and be given by their parent. The law now uses the expression "directed by the parent". The most ethical way of having someone other than the parent give the instruction is under FL Statute 232.0201, option #5 – as a private tutor.

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