By Carolyn Martin (CHEC Director of Government Relations)
Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.
(Hebrews 10:23 ESV)
The return of the 2021 General Assembly from their recess is fast approaching. In January, the legislature met for three days — just long enough to change how they operate under the perpetual emergency orders authored by our governor and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). Legislators can now work remotely which significantly changes the dynamics of law making and constrains the ability of the public to make their voices heard.
Many families across Colorado have been severely impacted economically, physically, and mentally by this pandemic. Education has become a hot button issue as families continue to be stressed over the new demands placed on them. Mask wearing, forced quarantines, and remote learning have parents looking for alternatives to the public school. Many are getting a glimpse first-hand of what and how their children are learning, leaving them dissatisfied and looking elsewhere. Many have chosen the path of home education.
With the rapid growth of homeschooling comes increased scrutiny by our policy makers. We should expect to see some bills this legislative session that focus on homeschooling. Unfortunately, there has been no indication what those bills will look like. So, we will have to wait and see.
In the meantime, it is important that we hold fast to our hope and our faith in God. He has been faithful to us for over 30 years. While we wait, it is vital that we pray fervently for His wisdom, guidance, grace, and extraordinary favor. Be prepared to push back if the legislature attempts any new regulations of home education — we will keep you informed with clear action steps when issues arise; make sure you have joined the Colorado Homeschool Freedom Team prayer email list to stay up-to-date on what is happening at the Capitol.
Trusting in the mighty power and grace of Jesus,
Carolyn Martin, CHEC Director of Government Relations