By Carolyn Martin (CHEC Director of Government Relations)
The increase of new homeschooling families means there are more students withdrawing from public schools which presents unique challenges for school administrators and families alike. Some of those challenges include:
- Schools denying equal access to sports and classes.
- Administrators telling certified teachers they need to file a NOI (Notice of Intent).
- School districts demanding a NOI from Independent School students.
The usual attempts by school districts to force homeschooling families to fill out either their paper or online NOI forms continue to be a problem. Just say no! Giving the government more information than is required by the law leads them to believe we have no problem with them not following the law and encroaching on our freedoms. The more people succumb to their lawbreaking, the easier it is for them to change the law and force everyone to participate in their data mining and tracking efforts. (Consider this article and this study.)
What can be done to stem the tide of these falsehoods?
- Know the law. If you file a NOI, know the homeschool law. If you enroll in an Independent School, know how the private school law applies to you. All homeschoolers should know and understand the immunization law. CHEC has a webpage dealing with the law. Here is the law in a form you can print out.
- Seek out & share trusted resources. The CHEC website has tons of great information — use it and share! Others to check out: HSLDA, Heritage Defense, Homeschool Backgrounder, NHERI, and Homeschool Freedom — to name just a few.
- Understand the threats against homeschooling. Three things we need to keep in mind:
- The continuing dissemination of misinformation about homeschooling and the laws surrounding it must be exposed and corrected.
- The goal of the government’s power is control. We must stand together against any attempt to further regulate homeschooling.
- Know who the opposition is and what they are saying so we can effectively counter it. For starters, take a look at my June 16th blog post.
Trusting in the mighty power and grace of Jesus,
Carolyn Martin, CHEC Director of Government Relations
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