NICHE & DOT on Driver Ed

NICHE reached out to the DOT on Parent Taught Driver Education concerns, advocating for Iowa homeschooling families. What was the outcome?

NOTE: If Using CPI Form A

Take Note if you are using the 2018-2019 CPI Form A. The Department of Education has published three versions of this form. Find important information here.

IPI vs CPI with Opt-Out

What’s the difference between Independent Private Instruction (IPI) and Competent Private Instruction (CPI) Option 2 with Opt-Out? Here’s the answer!

Be Prepared for IPI As a Legislative Target

IPI As a Legislative Target

As the January 8 opening of the 2018 Iowa Legislative Session approaches, anti-homeschool rumblings can continually be heard. High-profile individuals and organizations are calling for increased regulation and oversight for homeschooling families. In a recent public forum and in a published editorial, the American Association of University Women addressed the topic of homeschooling in Iowa – especially Independent Private Instruction … Read More

Public School Alters Form

Public School Alters Form

“Oh, look! The school district included the NICHE IPI form in the information packet they sent me. I’ll just fill it out and send it in.” Sounds simple; right? And how nice that the school district used a NICHE form; right? Not so fast. Let’s take a closer look at the form.

What Can the School Require Homeschooling Families to Submit?

What Can the School Require Homeschooling Families to Submit?

“Can the school require me to provide that information?” “Do I have to file that form?” “Is that a legal mandate?” NICHE receives questions like these all year long – but especially at back-to-school time.  One of the many services we provide is assistance in clarifying and meeting homeschool legal requirements in Iowa.  While the Iowa law and rules governing … Read More

Which Homeschool Option Is Right for Your Family?

Which Homeschool Option Is Right for Your Family?

Every Iowa homeschooling parent has to choose a homeschooling legal option.  Some of you have been homeschooling for years using the same legal option every year. Some of you have utilized a variety of options during your homeschooling years. Some of you are just starting to homeschool and are facing the decision for the first time.  Regardless, you can use … Read More

How Quickly Could Our Homeschooling Freedoms Be Destroyed?

How Quickly Could Our Homeschool Freedoms Be Destroyed

The devastating destruction resulting from a violent storm that struck our farm last week has caused me to think of how quickly life can change. On Thursday afternoon, our crops were healthy and growing. My garden looked beautiful, full of well-tended plants, already yielding produce. On Thursday evening, all was destroyed. Our crops were decimated. My garden was devastated. What does this have … Read More

Preserving Homeschool Freedom for the Next Generation

Preserving Homeschooling Freedom

Some policymakers are trying to use recent heartbreaking deaths of two young women as “examples of homeschooling gone wrong,” suggesting that ALL home educating parents should be uniformly suspected as abusers and, therefore, their children should be subjected to individual investigation.

Reviewing Parent-Taught Driver Education

It’s been just over two years since the State of Iowa instituted parent-taught driver education as a means to prepare homeschooled students seeking intermediate driver’s licenses. Many homeschooled students have successfully completed the process and obtained their licenses. Prescribed Procedures or Over-Reaching Oversight? After the parent-taught driver education legislation passed in 2013, the Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) promulgated administrative rules to … Read More