Many of us in homeschooling leadership roles are quite concerned about this case. Not fearful or scared or wanting to march…but realizing the reality of a ruling like this one in California could indeed – one day – have its implications here in Florida, which is where I homeschool. I pray not -and if you are a fellow Floridian, I encourage you to support our lobbyist, Brenda Dickinson and the Home Education Foundation –
The bottom line is we all need to stay informed and realize rights can be taken away.
Here are some additional links for more information on the California case:
(this is from the Homeschool Association of California and states that “The major state advocacy groups (HSC, CHN, CHEA, FPM), together with HSLDA, have been
working on strategies to address this matter.”)
(this is from Jim Werner, of Circle Christian School in Orlando)
(this one is about Schwarzenegger’s outrage over the ruling)
(Dr. Dobson calls the ruling “an assault on the family)
(this San Fransisco newspaper states that “The ruling was applauded by a director for the state’s largest teachers union”)
(this article has the quote from Justice Croskey -“Parents do not have a constitutional right to homeschool their children,” Justice H. Walter Croskey wrote in a Feb. 28 opinion for the 2nd District Court of Appeal.)
No matter what your personal view of HSLDA, I do urge you to research the information and to sign the petition. If you know of another organization that has the legal “presence” of HSLDA in representing homeschoolers and if they are pursuing this case and
the rights of homeschoolers, please pass that information on.
I could not find one.
HSLDA is taking some “heat” for getting involved in this fight. Why, I am not sure – except to say that some homeschoolers disagree with HSLDA’s tactics and membership fees. I, for one, have been grateful to be a member of HSLDA for years now and view membership as $$$ well invested – to help protect my legal rights as a homeschooler and yours.
When our local community college, Brevard Community College, was asking for more inforamtion, forms, etc than what was legally required for my daughter to dual enroll in 2001, one phone call to HSLDA and then one phone call from HSLDA to BCC quickly settled the matter (and hmmm…set them straight…so to speak). It was a great comfort to have HSLDA in my corner and on the phone! And for what its worth, that phone call also helped to pave the way for today’s homeschooling students In Brevard County who dual enroll at BCC…the red tape is a LOT less now than it was seven years ago!
Thank you HSLDA for being in my corner and for helping to protect the rights of homeschoolers!
Be Blessed! Make this Day Count!