Alabama home schoolers began to make many telephone calls after receiving HSLDA’s fax alert. On Thursday night, February 17, 1994, fifty home school mothers gathered for Mom’s Night Out, discussed H.R. 6, and prayed about it.
Representative Sonny Callahan had scheduled two town hall meetings for the next day, and several home-schooling families attended. We asked for the open rule on H.R. 6, and for the Armey amendment. His reply was, “The whole bill is so bad that it should all be defeated.” That was the first clue I had about how really bad the bill was.
I gave the HSLDA alert information to our pastor, Fred Wolfe, of Cottage Hill Baptist Church, and he made a strong call for action from the pulpit on Sunday morning.
The national media was giving little or no coverage on the bill itself. We heard only a few scant reports that telephone lines were jammed with calls from a million home schoolers concerned about a bill in Congress. The silence of the national news on the subject, and the erroneous information being put out by proponents of the legislation, combined to make it difficult to get across to people that something big was happening.
On Tuesday night in the Mobile area, we had cottage prayer meetings in preparation for the House consideration of the bill. We recognized that the battle was the Lord’s, and we asked for, and received, victory. Tuesday night we had absolute assurance that the victory was won.
We cannot claim any credit nor can we offer any other explanation for what happened, but the Lord did answer prayers. He did intervene on our behalf, and, as our pastor said, “This shows He has His hand on home schooling.”
Our concern now is that we not take lightly this victory, and that we not stop praying against this bad bill and the continuing efforts to bring our children—mind, body, and spirit—under government control.
—Howard Smith, South Alabama Home Educators
"Since the birth of our great Nation, many parents have made the choice to home school their children. The record clearly demonstrates that the children of these parents have been successful. In 1986 I was elected by the people of Alabama to serve on the State Board of Education. There I learned and I know first-hand that home schooling is successful in my home State of Alabama and must be allowed to continue.
“The amendment by the gentleman from Texas [Mr. Armey], would allow parents who wish to home school their children to continue to do so. Their parental rights must not be sacrificed. Conversely, there is absolutely no need nor justification for greater Federal Government intrusion into the home. Instead, we should respect the traditional rights of parents to choose, and empower parents with more, not fewer, reasonable and rational choices. Home schooling is such a choice.”
—Representative Spencer Bachus, III (R AL-6)