The next step is to know the homeschool laws in your state. While homeschooling is legal in all 50 states, reporting, testing, and evaluation requirements vary widely. A thorough knowledge and understanding of your state laws before you begin will prevent difficulties down the road. For an excellent overview of how and why state laws affect homeschoolers, read The Homeschooling Handbook
by Mary Griffith. The Homeschooling Almanac
by Mary and Michael Leppert contains a state-by-state outline of homeschooling laws, as well as suggestions on how to work with those legal requirements.
Do not contact your local school, board of education, or elected officials concerning homeschooling laws. The information obtained from these sources is rarely correct. A good resource for state laws and reporting requirements is the Homeschool Legal Defense Association.