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    Im sticking with my assertion that wherever you want to be is the best place to homeschool!

    Low regulation is nice, but so are the homeschool charters - like co-ops on uber steroids and a taxpayer budget. In exchange for 6 pieces of paper every two months.... its a great trade off!
    Homeschooling DS11, DS5.

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  3. #22

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    Quote Originally Posted by alexsmom View Post
    Im sticking with my assertion that wherever you want to be is the best place to homeschool!
    I agree. I think people have the idea that there is always something better, with cooler, hipper, more progressive, fun people. And it is never is as cool, hip or progressive as you might hope it to be or it might be all of those things is a way that isn't the way you do hip and progressive things.

    I have moved so often and lived is so many different states/countries during my adult life that I had to develop another way of thinking about where I live. There are positives and negatives about everywhere.
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    Quote Originally Posted by alexsmom View Post
    Im sticking with my assertion that wherever you want to be is the best place to homeschool!

    Low regulation is nice, but so are the homeschool charters - like co-ops on uber steroids and a taxpayer budget. In exchange for 6 pieces of paper every two months.... its a great trade off!
    I think we had what you are calling a charter when we lived overseas. We were part of a program run by the DOD schools that, in exchange for being allowed to count our kids as students to keep their enrollment numbers up, they gave us a generous educational stipend, a computer, teacher support and a handful of other things. We also had to agree to testing and more paperwork than we would otherwise have to turn in. I agree the stipend and everything was nice and it wasn't a whole lot more work considering what we got in exchange.

    Having lived in areas with high oversight and no stipend, areas with low oversight and no stipend and an area with the oversight program with the stipend but it was still optional to join, of course I would take the stipend despite the minimal oversight. But I would still take low oversight over high oversight if neither choice involves a stipend.

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    I agree with what has been said about where you want to live being the best place. In fact, after tons of research of my own, I decided to just live where I wanted to live especially since I also plan to stay there after my children are grown. That being said, I think, unless you dislike the heat, the Phoenix, AZ area should be on your list of possibilities. I lived in the suburbs there for 13 years and homeschooled there. There are a lot of things to do, the traffic isn't bad for a large metro area and the cost of living is low. Also, Arizona is a very low regulation state. You just have to notify one time. There is a great community college system and several large universities too.

    Good luck to you and your family!

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    About Austin: I had the pleasure (and had I realized it then, the privilege) of growing up in Austin, TX, and if we had the ability to move, or be mobile, even though I hate the climate there (heat and sun are NOT my thing!), the social climate, diversity, intellectual/educational/professional opportunities, and the best food and music anywhere (ok I'm biased, but everywhere else I have ever gone stinks by comparison) make me really sad that my kids don't get to have that, to grow up in, or at least be part of for long enough to benefit.

    I used to shop at the Whole Foods flagship store there, never realizing that there weren't stores like that in other places. You could spend an entire day and a small fortune, just in that store and not see or taste all of it. The libraries of the University of Texas system, similarly dwarf most everything else. In particular, the Perry-Castaneda Library is enormous, but it's only one of many, and the historic libraries of the UT system are awe-inspiring just to visit.

    this is making me feel terrible for my kids.

    Oh yes: pros and cons:

    Pros: amazing educational, professional, and social opportunities
    every cuisine you ever heard of and possibly some you haven't, world-class restaurants and awesome hidden gems
    vast, awe-inspiring historic libraries that feel like a visit to Hogwarts plus very modern vast research libraries
    street food
    Beautiful lakes and hills
    diversity and lots of people from other countries
    diverse shopping, you can find anything you want or need
    large but walkable and friendly downtown and university district
    progressive political atmosphere
    high percentage of highly educated people
    Zilker park and gardens, with an amazing Japanese garden with koi (last time I checked) and enormous rose gardens, etc
    Decent public transit
    Healthy real estate market
    Tradition of embracing the funky, offbeat, and weird, though who knows how that has been lately
    I think it managed to avoid the self-conscious hipster thing, but I could be wrong about that, it's been a while


    Cons: It's HOT and sometimes muggy, sometimes dry (not just one or the other)
    Allergies: they say if you don't have them, stay long enough, you will (respiratory)
    Ozone Advisory Days and serious UV risk
    Traffic (probably worse since the filming of Office Space)
    High housing costs
    Some streets have serious hills, more like San Francisco than people expect
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    40-something mom of 4 kids who haven't been to school, taking it one year and one day at a time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nick T View Post
    - Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill
    I'm in the Triangle.

    Pros:
    Moderate cost of living
    Homeschooling regulations are easy to comply with.
    Homeschooling is "normal" (equivalent to private school in popularity, and with minimal legal hoops to jump through). Lots of park groups, etc.
    Easy access to state museums, university resources, other cultural and travel opportunities.
    Traffic isn't too bad (unless you fail to be strategic with regard to a commute, such as planning to use 40 or 440 during rush hour).

    Cons:
    This is the Bible belt, and secular is secondary. (It's pretty common to be asked, as a newcomer in getting-to-know-you conversation, whether you've found a church home yet.)
    Whether the state government will be pleasing to you, apart from the moderate homeschooling law, you ought to research for yourself before moving here--I'll leave it at that.
    The outrageous summer heat and humidity does not mean you will be spared ice in the winter, although there's not too much shoveling to do. Also some tornadoes in spring. Hurricane remnants come by usually in August-September--Matthew last year was late--but are not too bad since we're this far inland. Bugs and snakes are noteworthy, but Raleigh has a great parks system.
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    recovering schoolteacher;
    lifelong bookworm

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    Quote Originally Posted by [email protected] View Post
    I moved to Concord, NH after 12 years in NYC. And I LOVE it here. Wonderful place to raise kids. And there are a lot of homeschoolers & many resources. ...it is controversial but the state has a "scholarship" program that reimburses parents for some homeschool expense
    There are a lot of Homeschoolers in Concord? I know there are a lot in the New Boston/Weare area, but I thought they were mostly homeschooling to push the Christian beliefs into most school subjects. Also, have you ever known anyone that got the scholarship? Do you know anything about what's required to qualify? For example, do you need to earn below the poverty line? I'd love to get some $ to go toward our curriculum and other classes/activities.
    Survived our second year of homeschooling. It's been a crazy year, but somehow DD has shown much improvement in the 3 R's. Behavior...not so much.

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