Liberty under assault
Kentucky home schoolers are braced for another legislative season, remembering, as Mark Twain once noted, that "no man's life, liberty, or property is safe while the Legislature is in session." This year poses yet another challenge for freedom-loving families, as Representative Barbara Ann Colter has again filed a bill to regulate home schoolers.
Legislation can move quickly, which is why HSLDA has developed an "e-lert" system to keep our members informed about the latest developments. The full text of Colter's House Bill 54 can be found on our website (www.hslda.org), along with the current status of the bill and our latest recommendations for action. These electronic tools make it possible for home schoolers to defend our liberties against powerful political opposition.
Our ancestors were keenly aware that "the price of liberty is eternal vigilance." That is as true now as it ever was, for the opponents of unregulated home education in Kentucky are not willing to accept defeat. One home school family received a copy of a letter that was being handed out at the Adair County Chamber of Commerce, which called on all business leaders to push for the swift passage of H.B. 54. (Learn more about this bill and read the text of the Adair County letter at www.hslda.org/docs/news/ hslda/200201281.asp.)
Kentucky law allows parents to educate their own children without oversight by government "experts." This apparently drives some people crazy. As long as there are citizens who believe that parents are a danger to their children, our liberties will be under attack. We dare not take those liberties for granted!
- Scott W. Somerville