There is new legislation about to be proposed that has the potential to limit homeschooling freedom in the United States. If you are now homeschooling, or plan to do so sometime in the future this is an important measure needing urgent attention. The Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) has notified members that H.R. 610 will be a bill proposed by Congressman Harris (MD) and Congressman King (IA), that will provide government money to homeschools as well as private and public school students. While they may mean well by it, homeschooling parents know all too well that taking money from the government always involves regulation and intrusion of some kind. It just causes lots of problems. This bill would require more reporting from homeschools to the public school authorities and boards, which not all states are required to do right now. Here in CA for example, homeschooling families do not report to local school boards at all. We file a yearly affidavit with the state department of education. That is all we do and it is the only interaction we have with the authorities. As I have discussed with many of you, each state law on homeschooling is different. States that are more regulated now will experience even more of it with this bill. H.R. 610 could be problematic and even though this new administration is favorable to homeschooling, future ones may not be. All homeschoolers are being asked to take action by contacting these 2 congressman mentioned above to request that H.R. 610 be rewritten to exclude homeschools.
I have written each of them a letter and urge all of you to do the same. For more information on H.R. 610 and how to contact the representatives mentioned above (as well as what to include in your correspondence or email) you may view the letter I received from HSLDA here. If these are your representatives in your state, you can send an email or call. You will have to send a letter via mail, otherwise.
Some of you may be saying, "getting $$ for homeschooling our children could be a good thing." Sure, it sounds good on the surface, but it creates lots of serious issues that would require me to write a book here. On an elemental level, it can be compared to enrolling your children in a public school independent study program, which is free. The government provides all the materials as well as the teaching. Some of the programs even provide laptop computers. The catch is that you have no input or choice in what your student is being taught. You don't do any of the teaching either. There are testing requirements (Common Core) and any religious teaching or materials, or Holy Day observance is out. You have to follow all of their rules. Taking government funds for homeschooling is inviting this kind of regulation right into your home. To understand more of what I mean here and the impact, please see the latest article I have written titled The Education of Black Children in America: The Common Core and Homeschooling, in the Hebrew Israelite Nation Times Magazine.
Disclaimer: Legal information provided is not to be considered as attorney-client advisement or relationship. It is highly recommended that parents contact Home School Legal Defense for complete information on homeschooling laws in their state of residence.
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