Why Do Associations Have Different Requirements?

Why do homeschool associations have different requirements? If we’re all following the same code of law, then why different policies and procedures? That’s a really good question.  It’s not so much about a difference in requirements…but a difference in services.

Homeschool Associations have different policies and procedures. Maybe this seems confusing or odd.

But, think of it like this: Why does one grocery store bag your groceries and tote them to your car for you…and another one you have to bring your own bag and bag your own groceries too? Or why does one restaurant bring the food to you at a booth while another restaurant requires you to stand in line to order it and wait for it?

It’s a difference in services.

Different Services

An association that includes transcript assistance and rank also has requirements that are set by the Commission on Higher Ed. That’s not required by the homeschool law. It’s a service that opens the doors of opportunity for the members. Another association doesn’t offer transcript assistance services. So the parent has to (or gets to) make their own transcript instead.

Do you want transcript assistance or not? Just like do you want to bag your own groceries or not? It’s a difference in services.

Different Requirements

Each association sets their own paperwork requirements so that they feel comfortable verifying that the members are doing the record-keeping requirements.

  • One association may ask for the list of the curriculum used.
  • Another conducts annual records checks in person.
  • Others require you to belong to a local support group so they see you in person sometimes.

Some people want those kinds of services as an added layer of accountability. It’s a service that is meaningful to many people. But, an association that only has a checklist form is also valid and many people also like that limited service.

It’s a difference in services.

Different Preferences

We’re all following the same code of law. But, what services do you need from your association? Do you want curriculum counseling services from your association? Do you want to have record-keeping advice and transcript assistance? Do you like in-person meetings and records checks?

The association policies and procedures differ because of these preferences. The prices also vary to match the various services.  The choice is up to you. Different strokes for different folks!

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