About HSIL

We welcome visitors to the “Homeschooling is Legal” (HSIL) website. The purpose of this website is to inform and educate homeschoolers about their legal rights and risks.

Homeschooling has been legal in every state in the United States for many years now and it’s unfathomable that there are still individuals who either do not know that it is legal or wrongly believe that they are required to join HSLDA in order to homeschool their own children.

This website is dedicated to destroying these myths and providing straightforward answers to the legal questions facing all homeschoolers.

This website has no owners, the original creator of HSIL was Dan Flynn, who created this website in collaboration with many prominent figures within the homeschooling community, who felt the need to address the legal issues of homeschooling, in a forthright manner.

The History of HSIL

Dan Flynn was a  homeschool dad to two young boys, who passed away suddenly and unexpectedly in late 2004. He wanted to ensure prospective HSLDA members joined with their eyes opened and were fully aware of what they were supporting with their membership dues.

After Dan’s death Shay Seaborne took on the cost of domain registration, while Shawn and Annette Hall donate their time and the hosting of the Homeschooling is Legal website.

Many have categorized the Homeschooling Is Legal website as being anti-HSLDA, but the founder of this website intended it to provide full information about the organization, so that people can make a fully-informed decision about the worthiness of membership.

If you join HSLDA because you believe in their cause and you want to support the organization as a whole, then go for it. What many contributors to HSIL object to is the fear-mongering and arm-twisting tactics that HSLDA employs. I personally object to being strong-armed into joining any organization, in order to belong to another.

Many homeschooling groups still require membership in HSLDA in order to join their group. There is no justification to join HSLDA simply for protection purposes. Most homeschoolers will never experience a legal problem during their entire homeschooling years. Yet, HSLDA continues to beat their drums, spreading fear, uncertainty and doubt (FUD).

HSLDA often runs roughshod over statewide and local homeschooling groups in order to manage or effect proposed legislation, without ever consulting those who would be forced to live under these new regulations. Their website, however, claims differently:

HSLDA advocates in state legislatures, at the invitation of state homeschool organizations, by assisting individual states in drafting language to improve their homeschool legal environment and to fight harmful legislation.

In short, HSLDA doesn’t always play nice with others and this practice must stop. Many years ago, HSLDA was the hero to many new homeschoolers, but as the legal climate has changed, HSLDA, unfortunately, has not.

Volunteers Needed

If you find a bad link on HSIL please notify the webmaster so it can be corrected. If you are aware of articles or links that should be included on HSIL, please submit those as well.

HSIL invites authors to submit their original works for inclusion on this website as well.


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