Keyword: hslda

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • Random Audits for Homeschoolers?

    05/24/2016 3:31:33 PM PDT · by Sopater · 79 replies
    HSLDA ^ | 5/24/2016 | HSLDA Staff
    Homeschool families in Clinton County, Kentucky, were surprised to see themselves mentioned in their local paper as a topic of discussion during the recent school board meeting. On May 18, the Clinton County News reported that local school officials intend to conduct random audits of area homeschool families this summer because they want to “ensure that all children in our county are getting a rigorous and effective education.” Home School Legal Defense Association opposes any such audits as unconstitutional. We are also troubled by what appears to be the underlying motivation for this proposed meddling by school officials: money. During...
  • Ted Cruz: Abolish Department of Education

    02/17/2016 6:18:32 AM PST · by kinsman redeemer · 74 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 2/16/2016 | Bob Unruh
    Schooling 'too important' to leave to 'unelected bureaucrats' Republican presidential hopeful Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, says that, if elected, one of his strategies to return America to its constitutional moorings would be to eliminate the U.S. Department of Education. "I don't think the federal government should have any role in education," he said. "I am a constitutionalist, and I have spent my entire adult life fighting to defend the Constitution and fighting to defend the Bill of Rights. We ought to block-grant that money, send it back to the states, send it to the local governments," he said in a...
  • Ted Cruz, Homeschooling, S.306, Dishonesty and Pig-Ignorance

    02/12/2016 12:18:29 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 53 replies
    Red State ^ | February 12, 2016 | streiff
    Ted Cruz, Homeschooling, S.306, Dishonesty and Pig-Ignorance ~~~you are making a clown argument, bro~~~ One day, when I am acclaimed Galactic Commander, I will mandate a civics test before allowing people to vote and test of reading comprehension skills before allowing them to access the internet. What is circulating now is a story that Ted Cruz supports the federal regulation of homeschooling. There are two underlying causes of this story: rank dishonesty and pig-ignorance. Let's set the baseline. Ted Cruz supports homeschooling. (So does Marco Rubio, btw.) His support has been full, clear, un-nuanced, and unequivocal. Not all states, however,...
  • Homeschool Children Seized By Arkansas Authorities Remain in State Custody After Court Hearing

    01/23/2015 2:28:20 PM PST · by ilovesarah2012 · 28 replies ^ | January 23, 2015 | Heather Clark
    HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – Seven homeschoolers in Arkansas who were seized by the Garland County Sheriff’s Department this month remain in state custody after a court hearing on Thursday over the matter. Hal Stanley, a pastor, and his wife Michelle state that they are in shock after their children were removed from their Hot Springs home on Jan. 12 following an anonymous complaint. The situation began last month as a social worker with the Arkansas Department of Human Services (DHS) showed up at the Stanley’s door after receiving a complaint that the children were permitted to go outside in the...
  • German Homeschoolers Win Custody of Their Kids, But Court Still Calls it Abuse of Parental Authority

    08/30/2014 6:56:04 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 08/30/2014 | Anugrah Kumar
    An appeals court in Germany has ruled that a family court's decision to keep legal custody of four children away from their parents, Dirk and Petra Wunderlich, was wrong, and ordered that complete custody be returned to the family. However, the court maintained that homeschooling endangers children and they should go to school. "We have won custody and we are glad about that," Dirk said in a statement released by Virginia-based Home School Legal Defense Association, which has been assisting the Wunderlich family since their children were taken on Aug. 29, 2013. The court said taking the children away was...
  • Homeschoolers Need Not Apply: Will This Be the Face of Common Core?

    05/07/2014 9:43:59 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 52 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 05/07/2014 | Dr. Susan Berry
    An Indiana-based energy distribution group that operates in Ohio has informed the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) that the company will not hire homeschool graduates, a situation that may not only reflect discrimination, but also the possibility that, with a nationalized set of standards such as Common Core, homeschoolers could be shown the door when they apply for jobs in the future.
  • Michael Farris and the John Birch Society Square off in Oklahoma (Article V)

    03/17/2014 1:12:43 PM PDT · by Jacquerie · 47 replies
    Convention of States ^ | March 17th, 2014 | Jordan Sillars
    If you’re interested in the Convention of States Project and enjoy a good, old-fashioned debate, you’re in for a treat. Convention of States Project director Michael Farris will join Oklahoma State Senator Rob Standridge on March 19 and 20 to debate leaders of the Oklahoma John Birch Society on the efficacy of calling a Convention of States to stop the abuses of Washington, D.C. Questions have been swirling around the Convention of States issue, and Michael and Rob look forward to answering many of them. A Convention of States is our best chance to stop the overreach of the federal...
  • ‘The Romeikes Can Stay!!!’: Shocking 180 in the Case of German Home-Schooling Family

    03/04/2014 12:51:44 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 56 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Mar. 4, 2014 | Erica Ritz
    On Tuesday, the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) announced a drastic turnaround on the part of the federal government: The German Romeike family, which sought asylum in the United States to home-school their children, will now be allowed to stay in America. “The Romeikes can stay!!!” the HSLDA announced on its Facebook page. Just one day ago, the Romeikes thought they would be forced to return to Germany, where the state could take custody of their children because of their decision to home-school. At a minimum, they would face increasingly harsh fines for violating Germany’s compulsory attendance law....
  • Breaking: Romeike Family granted ‘indefinite deferred status’ and can stay in United States

    03/04/2014 12:09:21 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 103 replies
    Today, a Supervisor with the Department of Homeland Security called a member of our legal team to inform us that the Romeike family has been granted “indefinite deferred status”. This means that the Romeikes can stay in the United States permanently (unless they are convicted of a crime, etc.) This is an incredible victory that can only be credited to our Almighty God. We also want to thank those of who spoke up on this issue–including that long ago White House petition. We believe that the public outcry made this possible while God delivered the victory. Via Home School Legal...
  • Team Obama wins fight to have Christian home-school family deported

    03/04/2014 4:35:38 AM PST · by SJackson · 27 replies ^ | March 03, 2014 | Todd Starnes
    Uwe and Hannelore Romeike came to the United States in 2008 seeking political asylum. They fled their German homeland in the face of religious persecution for homeschooling their children. They wanted to live in a country where they could raise their children in accordance with their Christian beliefs. The Romeikes were initially given asylum, but the Obama administration objected – claiming that German laws that outlaw homeschooling do not constitute persecution. “The goal in Germany is for an open, pluralistic society,” the Justice Department wrote in a legal brief last year. “Teaching tolerance to children of all backgrounds helps to...
  • Call Now to Thwart Attack on Faith-Based Homeschooling (in VA)

    01/14/2014 8:13:57 AM PST · by MiddleEarth · 35 replies
    E-mail from HSLDA ^ | 1/13/2014 | Scott Woodruff
    For nearly 40 years, faith-based families have been able to homeschool under Virginia’s religious exemption statute with the quiet peace and security of knowing that their right to teach their children that God is the beginning of wisdom in every subject was unquestioned. Last week, however, Delegate Thomas Rust (R-Fairfax, 86th District) filed a legislative measure (HJ 92) that throws your rights into question and confusion by urging the Virginia General Assembly to ask the Department of Education to “study” the religious exemption statute. Asking to conduct a study is a back-door way of saying that something should be questioned....
  • Ohio Lawmaker Withdraws Bill Described as a ‘Misguided Attack on Homeschooling’

    12/22/2013 8:58:30 PM PST · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 8 replies
    COLUMBUS, Ohio – An Ohio state senator recently introduced a bill that would have forced homeschoolers to undergo government investigation, but promised on Thursday to withdraw the legislation following widespread criticism. Democratic Senator Capri Cafaro has represented the 32nd Ohio Senate District since January 2007. Earlier this month, Cafaro introduced to the Ohio legislature Senate Bill 248 (SB 248), which would have amended the state’s education policy toward homeschoolers and internet-based schools.
  • German Homeschoolers Forced to Send Kids to Public School, Now Blocked From Leaving the Country

    11/09/2013 11:46:09 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 48 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 11/08/2013 | Napp Nazworth
    Homeschoolers whose children were recently seized by the German government are now not allowed to emigrate to a country that allows homeschooling. In August, the children of Dirk and Petra Wunderlich were seized at gunpoint by German officials because the Wunderlich's refused to send their children to the public school. In mid-September, the Wunderlichs were reunited with their children, but only after they promised to send their kids to public school. The Wunderlichs then requested that they be allowed to leave the country so that they could go to a country that will allow them to homeschool. A judge told...
  • ‘We have the power to take your kids away’ (Germany vs. homeschoolers)

    09/26/2013 1:02:43 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies ^ | 26 Sep 2013 08:50 CET | Caitlan Carroll
    At a home-school community meeting deep in the woods of Baden-Württemberg, children kick around balls and parents grill sausages while chatting about their latest run-ins with the state. An American woman who just gives her name as “Teri” says she and her German husband started home-schooling their two daughters so they could learn both English and German. “We want them to be fluent in both languages, in both cultures and in both politics,” she says. But when local authorities discovered their daughters were not going to school, Teri and her husband received a letter demanding they enroll them. “The letter...
  • German Homeschooling Family Takes Fight Against Deportation to Supreme Court

    07/19/2013 11:57:54 AM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 18 Jul 2013 | Dr. Susan Berry
    The Romeikes, a German family granted legal asylum in the United States by a U.S. immigration judge in 2010, will petition the Supreme Court to hear its case to be granted permanent legal status in the country. Uwe and Hannelore Romeike fled Germany after their family was vigorously prosecuted with steep fines, threats of loss of custody of their children, and imprisonment—all for homeschooling. Homeschooling is largely illegal in Germany. Though the family was granted political asylum in the United States, the Obama administration appealed that decision to the Board of Immigration Appeals, and that Board decided in favor of...
  • German Homeschool Family Loses Asylum Case; Home School Legal Defense Association Will Appeal

    05/14/2013 6:06:47 PM PDT · by don-o · 21 replies
    Christian Post ^ | May 9, 2013 | Napp Nazworth
    A U.S. appeals court sided with the U.S. Justice Department on Tuesday and denied asylum for the Romeikes. They fled from Germany after they were threatened with the possibility of losing custody of their children when they decided to homeschool and refused to send their children to the German public schools. The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with the Justice Department, in Romeike vs. Holder, that the freedom to homeschool one's children is not among the fundamental rights protected for asylum seekers. The Home School Legal Defense Association, which represented the Romeikes in the case, said it will appeal...
  • German Family Denied Asylum, HSLDA Appeals

    05/14/2013 10:24:56 AM PDT · by Sopater · 40 replies
    HSLDA ^ | May 14, 2013 | HSLDA
    The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals today upheld the Obama Administration’s denial of asylum granted to the Romeike family. The Romeikes fled Germany in 2008 when they were subjected to criminal prosecution for homeschooling. They were granted asylum in 2010 by Immigration Judge Lawrence O. Burman, but that grant was overturned by the Board of Immigration Appeals in 2012. A three-judge panel of the Sixth Circuit heard the Romeikes’ appeal on April 23 in Cincinnati, and issued today’s unanimous decision against the family. “We believe the Sixth Circuit is wrong, and we will appeal their decision,” said Michael Farris, HSLDA...
  • Why is Obama Trying to Deport This Family? (Simply over the right to homeschool)

    04/09/2013 3:40:06 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Townhall ^ | 04/09/2013 | Todd Starnes
    Fifteen-year-old Daniel Romeike loves America -- his adopted country. But if the Obama Administration has its way, Daniel, his parents and his brothers and sisters will be deported in a court battle over the right to home school. "If I had a chance to talk to President Obama, I would ask him to let us stay in this great country of freedom and opportunity," Daniel told Fox News. The Romeike family fled their German homeland in 2008 seeking political asylum in the United States -- where they hoped to home school their children. Instead, the Obama administration wants the evangelical...
  • Why Does Obama Want to Deport This Christian Family?

    04/09/2013 4:58:15 AM PDT · by TSA-Watch · 36 replies
    Fox News ^ | 4/8/2013 | Todd Starnes
    Fifteen-year-old Daniel Romeike loves America — his adopted country. But if the Obama Administration has its way, Daniel, his parents and his brothers and sisters will be deported in a court battle over the right to home school.“If I had a chance to talk to President Obama, I would ask him to let us stay in this great country of freedom and opportunity,” Daniel told Fox News.The Romeike family fled their German homeland in 2008 seeking political asylum in the United States – where they hoped to home school their children. Instead, the Obama administration wants the evangelical Christian family...
  • German Family Seeking Asylum to Continue Homeschooling Kids in US Fight Deportation

    04/07/2013 2:08:55 PM PDT · by JohnPDuncan · 14 replies
    YouTube ^ | Fox News
    Eric 'Himmler' Holder is trying to deport a German family granted political asylum in Tennessee due to being persecuted for homeschooling their family back in Germany. The appeal will be heard on April 23, 2013 at the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. More details on the case hereClick excerpt link for Fox News report and please share it with your friends and pray for this brave family.
  • Home-schooling family who fled to U.S. from Germany face deportation

    03/28/2013 11:12:58 PM PDT · by Pinkbell · 29 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | March 28, 2013 | David Martosko
    The Obama administration is arguing in federal court that a homeschooling family from Germany should be deported back to their homeland, despite what they say is religious persecution. The German government prevented Uwe and Hannelore Romeike from teaching their five children at home instead of sending them to government-run schools, fining them and threatening to prosecute them if they don't obey. When they took their three oldest children out of school in 2006, police showed up at their house within 24 hours, only leaving after a group of supporters showed up and organized a quick protest. But their legal troubles...
  • Obama Admin Wants to Deport Christian Homeschoolers

    03/05/2013 8:29:46 PM PST · by Mortrey · 11 replies
    Human Events ^ | 3/5/2013 | Todd Starnes
    “The Obama administration is basically saying there is no right to home school anywhere,” said Michael Farris, founder of the Home School Legal Defense Association. “It’s an utter repudiation of parental liberty and religious liberty.”
  • German Homeschool Case May Impact U.S. Homeschool Freedom (DOJ say banning Homeschooling okay)

    02/15/2013 6:15:34 PM PST · by raybbr · 22 replies
    HSDLA.ORG ^ | February 11, 2013 | Michael Farris, J.D., LL.M.
    Sobering Thoughts from the Romeike Case By Michael Farris, J.D., LL.M. HSLDA Founder and Chairman Having immersed myself for about eight days in writing a brief for the Romeike family (a German homeschooling family who fled to the United States for political asylum), I wanted to share some insights I gained into the view of our own government toward the rights of homeschooling parents in general. You will benefit from some context. The U.S. law of asylum allows a refugee to stay in the United States permanently if he can show that he is being persecuted for one of several...
  • U.N. Disabilities Treaty Would Limit U.S. Sovereignty

    11/29/2012 4:17:47 PM PST · by raptor22 · 12 replies
    IBD EDITORIALS ^ | November 29, 2012
    Rights: The Senate is considering a treaty which says "disability is an evolving concept" and which would infringe on U.S. sovereignty and the right to raise our children as American families see fit. Those who thought that the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) adequately guaranteed the rights of the handicapped to have access to all facets of American life were apparently wrong. The U.S. Senate is considering ratifying the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), which President Obama signed in 2009 and which goes well beyond mandating wheel-chair ramps for public buildings. CRPD doesn't even bother to...
  • INHOFE AND DEMINT: U.N. treaties mean LOST U.S. sovereignty [Fight is not over yet]

    07/26/2012 2:01:51 AM PDT · by bd476 · 5 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Wednesday, July 25, 2012 | By Sen. James M. Inhofe and Sen. Jim DeMint
    Liberals intent on imposing backdoor globalism < Snip > ... With LOST dead, the new treaties being promoted to take its place include the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Disabled, which calls for government agents to supersede the authority of parents of disabled children and even covers abortion. Also, the Obama administration has begun negotiations on a new U.N. treaty to create international gun control rules that could slowly erode our Second Amendment. The globalist ideologues behind these treaties are either ignorant of or hostile to the universal human experience that problems are best solved by the people...
  • Threat to U.S. Sovereignty July 26 Senate Vote: UN Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities

    07/25/2012 11:05:11 PM PDT · by bd476 · 14 replies
    HSLDA and UN ^ | July 25, 2012 | Michael Farris, Esq., LL.M
    Via e-mail today July 25, 2012 Senate Committee Vote Today on UN Treaty—Keep Calling! Michael Farris is founder and chairman of Homeschooling Legal Defense Assocation HSLDA, and homeschooling father of 10. Dear HSLDA Members and Friends: After a brief postponement the U.S. Senate has decided to continue to push forward the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and has scheduled a mark-up and committee vote for tomorrow. As we have mentioned in previous updates, HSLDA believes that this treaty, while sounding good in name, could become a tool to restrict our rights as citizens and...
  • Most Threatening Homeschool Bill in the Nation

    02/22/2012 8:51:32 AM PST · by Sopater · 42 replies
    HSLDA ^ | February 17, 2012
    On February 13, 2012, Representative Bob Evans (District 91) filed a bill in the Mississippi Legislature that would require parents to obtain permission from a judge to homeschool their children. House Bill 464 would impose a duty on school attendance officers to collect and maintain unspecified and unlimited information on all children being homeschooled and to report this information to the judge of the youth court or chancery court. This information would be used “for the purpose of exempting such children from the truancy laws of this state.” There is no requirement in the bill that there be any case...
  • State Superintendent: “Homeschoolers Need More Oversight”

    05/18/2011 11:29:57 AM PDT · by christianhomeschoolmommaof3 · 154 replies
    HSLDA ^ | May 17, 2011 | HSLDA
    In her first address to West Virginia’s joint standing committee on education this week, incoming West Virginia State Superintendent of Schools Jorea Marple criticized homeschoolers. According to a West Virginia homeschooler who posted to an Internet group, Speaker pro tem and Delegate Ron Fragale told her that Mrs. Marple said “West Virginia homeschoolers need more oversight, better standards, better evidence of progress; homeschoolers have too much flexibility.” Delegate Fragale told the homeschooler that “he’s not sure why Mrs. Marple is so negative about homeschooling. Perhaps there are some new board members who don’t have a good impression of it. However,...
  • Two Million Home Schooled, New Study Estimates

    01/11/2011 8:12:05 AM PST · by markomalley · 36 replies
    New American ^ | 1/11/2011 | Dave Bohon
    A new study from the National Home Education Research Institute (NHERI) estimates that there are over two million children currently being home schooled in the United States. The author of the study, NHERI’s president Dr. Brian D. Ray, analyzed data from both state and federal education agencies as well as private home-school groups, concluding that there are as many as 2.346 million home-schooled students across the nation. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2010 there were about 54 million children between the ages of five and 17 in the U.S., meaning that nearly four percent of school-aged kids —...
  • HSLDA PAC Endorses David McKinley for US House of Representatives (WV 1st District)

    10/19/2010 8:10:58 AM PDT · by christianhomeschoolmommaof3 · 4 replies
    email | 10-18-2010 | Mike Smith
    Support David McKinley for Congress Dear HSLDA Members, David McKinley We are excited to announce that the HSLDA PAC has endorsed David McKinley, candidate for U.S. House of Representatives from West Virginia’s 1st District. David McKinley is a friend of homeschooling and a strong supporter of traditional family values and parental rights. Electing David to the U.S. House of Representatives will be an enormous benefit to homeschoolers and to our nation as a whole. The election will be held on Tuesday, November 2. For more information on David McKinley, or to find out how you can help David if you...
  • U.S. Census 2010 Update

    03/02/2010 4:28:09 PM PST · by Sopater · 29 replies · 1,846+ views
      HOME SCHOOL LEGAL DEFENSE ASSOCIATION   J. Michael Smith, Esq. President Michael P. Farris, Esq. Chairman U.S. Census 2010 Update February 26, 2010 Americans from coast to coast will start receiving the U.S. Census mailings for the next census in March of 2010. You may have questions about your rights in regards to the upcoming questionnaires. How can you protect the integrity and confidentiality of your homeschool while responding to the U.S. Census? In this report, we attempt to provide answers to frequently asked questions about the census. What are the U.S. Census Questions? According to the U.S. Census...
  • Homeschooling Family Granted Political Asylum: Judge Says Germany Violating Basic Human Rights

    01/26/2010 3:32:38 PM PST · by ZGuy · 23 replies · 898+ views
    HSLDA ^ | 1/26/10
    In a case with international ramifications, Immigration Judge Lawrence O. Burman granted the political asylum application of a German homeschooling family. The Romeikes are Christians from Bissinggen, Germany, who fled persecution in August 2008 to seek political asylum in the United States. The request was granted January 26 after a hearing was held in Memphis, Tennessee, on January 21. “We can’t expect every country to follow our constitution,” said Judge Burman. “The world might be a better place if it did. However, the rights being violated here are basic human rights that no country has a right to violate.” Burman...
  • A Response to Robin L. West—“The Harms of Homeschooling”

    01/05/2010 2:18:36 PM PST · by christianhomeschoolmommaof3 · 323 replies · 5,858+ views
    HSLDA ^ | January 5th 2010 | Unknown
    While the number of people in academia who are openly critical of homeschooling are few, every now and again an article will be published in a university periodical which attacks homeschooling. The critics in academia come from the far left of the political spectrum. One such critic, Robin L. West of the Georgetown University Law Center, recently published an article titled “The Harms of Homeschooling,” which appeared in the Summer/Fall 2009 issue of the University of Maryland’s Philosophy and Public Policy Quarterly. Before we answer the specific charges Ms. West makes against homeschooling we’d just like to give you a...
  • In Memorium Christopher J. Klicka, Homeschooling Hero

    10/14/2009 3:29:47 PM PDT · by Marie2 · 7 replies · 804+ views
    HSLDA ^ | 10-14-09 | HSLDA
    A longtime champion of homeschooling rights around the globe, Home School Legal Defense Association Senior Counsel and Director of State and International Relations Christopher J. Klicka was called home by his Lord on October 12, 2009, at age 48, following a 15-year battle with multiple sclerosis. An attorney, spokesman, lobbyist, and homeschooling husband and father, Chris is survived by his wife, Tracy, their seven children (ages 11–21), and his parents, Ardath and George Klicka. “Chris was both a people person and a goal person. He cared deeply about people, but was also driven to always do more!” says HSLDA President...
  • Homeschoolers Say No to Mandatory State Testing

    08/25/2009 3:34:01 PM PDT · by christianhomeschoolmommaof3 · 104 replies · 2,035+ views
    HSLDA ^ | August 25, 2009 | Ian Slatter
    “Homeschooling is the sleeping giant of the American education system,” is the opening line of a recent article by Washington Post education columnist Jay Mathews. He’s right. He’s also right when he says, “All surveys of home-schooled students so far indicate they have higher achievement rates on average than regular students,” and when he dismisses the claim that homeschoolers might not be properly socialized by saying, “Homeschoolers go outside often and get just as big a dose of pain and joy and ignorance and wisdom as regular school kids.” Where Mathews goes wrong is his support for a recommendation by...
  • HSLDA: Call Now to Stop UN Children’s Treaty (Rights of the Child)

    06/24/2009 11:53:29 AM PDT · by AngieGal · 11 replies · 1,009+ views
    Email from the Home School Legal Defense Association ^ | 6/24/09 | Michael Farris - HSLDA Chairman
    Following is an email I received this afternoon from the HSLDA: Dear HSLDA Members and Friends, Monday in a Harlem middle school, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice told a group of 120 students that administration officials are actively discussing “when and how it might be possible to join” (that is, ratify) the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). As before, she also communicated what a disgrace it is that the U.S. would stand with only Somalia against such a widely accepted treaty. This is the first direct public statement by the Obama administration that...
  • U.N. protocol used to regulate homeschoolers

    06/17/2009 2:48:05 AM PDT · by Man50D · 13 replies · 1,052+ views ^ | June 16, 2009 | Bob Unruh
    A British plan to allow local authorities "the right of access to the home" and "the right to speak with each child alone" in order to evaluate homeschooling families and make certain they do what the government wants is a warning about what could happen in the United States, according to the world's largest homeschool advocacy organization. "On June 11, 2009, a report on home education in England by Graham Badman, a former Managing Director of Children, Families and Education in the County of Kent, was accepted in full by the British Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families,"...
  • <i>USA Today</i> Gets Homeschool Story Wrong

    06/16/2009 2:16:02 PM PDT · by Sopater · 14 replies · 1,700+ views
    On May 28, 2009 USA Today published a story based on a report from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), which is part of the Federal Department of Education, titled “The Condition of Education 2009.” The headline of the USA Today story was “Profound shift in kind of families who are homeschooling their children.” A few days later the title was changed to “More higher-income families are homeschooling their children.” Regrettably, among other problems with the article, USA Today made one blatant error and one very misleading claim. The blatant error is USA Today’s statement that homeschoolers are increasingly...
  • Parental rights already being lost

    04/29/2009 3:43:53 AM PDT · by Man50D · 3 replies · 523+ views ^ | April 28, 2009 | Bob Unruh
    Supporters of a plan to amend the U.S. Constitution to include parental rights are warning moms and dads across the United States they already are losing their rights to make decisions regarding their children's health, education, welfare, finances, sex education, access to abortion and even leisure time. "The erosion is upon us," said Michael Farris, founder of the Home School Legal Defense Association, a college and a church and now a dedicated leader in the effort to change the U.S. Constitution through the amendment process to restore and protect parental rights. Eighty years ago, the amendment website notes, "the Supreme...
  • Washington Times Op-ed—Obama’s Zero to Five Plan Doesn’t Add Up

    03/17/2009 8:03:20 PM PDT · by Gordon Greene · 24 replies · 983+ views
    HSLDA.ORG ^ | March 17, 2009 | by J. Michael Smith
    To no one’s surprise, President Obama plans to ask Congress to spend billions of dollars on public education. As he stated in his presidential agenda on education, the country cannot afford four more years of neglect and indifference. This neglect and indifference, according to the president, occurred despite the fact that in the last four years, the federal government and the states have spent more money on public education than at any other time in the history of our nation. What is surprising about Mr. Obama’s education initiative is his priority on early childhood education. His “Zero to Five Plan”...
  • Homeschool freedom under attack in West Virginia (PLEASE CALL)

    03/02/2009 5:00:48 PM PST · by christianhomeschoolmommaof3 · 38 replies · 1,468+ views
    Email from HSLDA | 3-2-09 | HSLDA
  • Daughter Spared Repeat Physical Exam

    02/03/2009 2:39:10 PM PST · by Sopater · 34 replies · 1,911+ views
    Sixteen-year old Helen (named changed to protect privacy) felt humiliated when she was subjected to a degrading physical examination by multiple people after an anonymous report of abuse. When a second anonymous report was called in only a few months later, she put her foot down. She refused to go through that again. Her parents, members of Home School Legal Defense Association in South Jersey, called HSLDA attorney Scott Woodruff for help. Woodruff explained to the social worker and her supervisor that Helen had a right to refuse to submit to another physical exam because the report was anonymous, and...
  • Family Accused of Sending Kids to Bed Too Early

    01/20/2009 3:08:35 PM PST · by Sopater · 74 replies · 2,991+ views
    In September, an HSLDA member family in Sinton was visited by a social worker who had a list of allegations an anonymous tipster had called in. The list included that the family homeschools, that the children are sent to bed “really early” and do not play with neighbor kids, and that there are firearms in the home. The family knew better than to let the social worker into their home and called Home School Legal Defense Association for help. Senior Counsel Chris Klicka took the call and advised the family to let the social worker see the children, so she...
  • HOME-SCHOOLING: U.N. treaty might weaken families

    01/10/2009 6:11:07 PM PST · by shielagolden · 35 replies · 1,716+ views ^ | Sunday, January 11, 2009 | Michael Smith
    HOME-SCHOOLING: U.N. treaty might weaken families Michael Smith, president of the Home School Legal Defense Association (Courtesy of One of the issues American families could face this year is the ramifications from a treaty called the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). You may ask, "How could a treaty directly affect internal decision-making by American families?" We generally think of treaties as agreements affecting international relations between countries. The U.N., however, has initiated treaties that not only affect international relations, but also the domestic relations of member nations as well. These treaties, sometimes called "conventions,"...
  • “You’re Not Going to Get Away With It!” But Family Stands Firm

    11/26/2008 11:25:55 AM PST · by Sopater · 58 replies · 1,959+ views
    Missouri’s homeschool law takes the sensible approach that paperwork is of little value to anyone, so families can start homeschooling without filing anything. But if you live in St. Joseph, watch out. In March, Shari Egarta told the elementary school teachers for her four children that she would be homeschooling them the following year. In May, she followed up with a letter to the principal. On the last day of school, a school counselor told Mrs. Egarta to fill out certain forms so she could homeschool. Mrs. Egarta patiently explained that she had already given school notice, and was not...
  • German Homeschooling Family Applies for Asylum in US

    11/18/2008 3:39:28 PM PST · by MountainLoop · 7 replies · 833+ views
    Life Site News ^ | November 18, 2008
    PURCELLVILLE, Virginia, Nov. 18, 2008 ( - A homeschooling family who recently fled Germany has filed for political asylum in the United States. Uwe and Hannelore Romeike formerly of Bissingen, Germany, along with their five children made it to the United States in August of this year. The family has settled in Eastern Tennessee where they have been warmly welcomed by local homeschool supporters and are being assisted by the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA). "The persecution of homeschoolers in Germany has dramatically intensified," said HSLDA staff attorney Michael P. Donnelly. "They are regularly fined thousands of dollars, sent...
  • Homeschoolers seek asylum from Nazi-era law

    11/18/2008 2:09:43 AM PST · by Man50D · 7 replies · 655+ views ^ | November 17, 2008 | Drew Zahn
    The Homeschool Legal Defense Association is helping a family with an unusual, first-of-its-kind application: political asylum in the United States from Germany's oppressive homeschooling laws. The Uwe and Hannelore Romeike family fled their native Bissingen, Germany , to escape persecution under a Nazi-era law requiring all children to attend public school to avoid "the emergence of parallel societies based on separate philosophical convictions" that could be taught by parents at home. WND reported two years ago on the day police knocked on the Romeike's door and forcibly escorted their children to public school. The family fled Germany and this summer...
  • What Homeschoolers Can Expect Under an Obama Administration

    11/13/2008 9:09:22 PM PST · by MountainLoop · 31 replies · 1,204+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | November 13, 2008 | Michael Smith
    Commentary by Michael Smith, President, Homeschool Legal Defense Association Since the election of Barack Obama as U.S. president, HSLDA has received more than a few calls from both members and nonmembers. Some are quite concerned about the future of homeschooling under an Obama presidency. First of all, let us always remember that "God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind" (2 Timothy 1:7). He also instructs us to be wise, plan, and be prepared in everything we do. Despite HSLDA's efforts prior to the election to get an official statement from...
  • Social Worker: “All Homeschoolers Get Psychological Evaluations”

    11/11/2008 2:51:52 PM PST · by Sopater · 104 replies · 672+ views
    The Smiths (named changed to protect privacy), an HSLDA member family in Miami, received an unexpected note on their front door from a social worker asking them to call the number on an attached business card. Little did they know, this was the beginning a nightmare they would not soon forget. The father, a doctor, telephoned as requested. The social worker to whom he spoke asked to meet the family. Dr. Smith requested that the meeting be at a neutral site at a time that would minimize interruptions in his busy work schedule at a medical clinic. The social worker...
  • Inside 'The Evangelical Ivy League'(NPR: Christian=Nazi)

    10/22/2008 8:56:05 PM PDT · by Drango · 11 replies · 871+ views
    NPR ^ | 10/22/08 | John McAlley, October 22, 2008 · The ferociously conservative Christian right may be an unfashionable bunch this political season, but when it comes to the notion of a need for change, there are no truer or more fervently motivated believers. In fact, the recently founded Patrick Henry College is churning out these family-values crusaders in force.Inspired by journalist Hanna Rosin's 2005 New Yorker article about Purcellville, Va.'s so-called "Harvard For Homeschoolers" (subsequently expanded in the book God's Harvard), photographer Jona Frank put aside her own lefty leanings and set out — with Right: Portraits from the Evangelical Ivy League — to...