The Home School Court Report
VOLUME XIX, NUMBER 3
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May / June 2003


FEATURES
A season to encourage

Burnt toast & sticky cards

A letter to my parents

The spiritual power of a mother
National Center hosts 2003 Summit
Farris addresses social workers

DEPARTMENTS
Along the way

Homeschool litigation: preparing the way
Freedom Watch

What's ahead in 2003?
From the heart
Across the states
Active Cases
Members only
About Campus
President's page

Good judges make good decisions

ET AL.

Prayer & Praise

a contrario sensu (on the other hand)

HSLDA legal contacts for November/December 2002



  NATIONAL CENTER REPORTS  



FREEDOM WATCH

What's ahead in 2003?

The start of a new Congress always means busy times at HSLDA's National Center for Home Education. Congress' legislative cycle runs for two years. Accordingly, members of Congress and senators devote the first few months of each cycle to planning.

Home School Legal Defense Association is actively engaged in these discussions. National Center Director Tom Washburne and Manager of Federal Policy and Research Caleb Kershner have been in close contact with congressional members, staff, Department of Education officials, the White House, and others who are involved in education policy.

Because the nature of home education is not well understood by lawmakers, a portion—and perhaps the most important component—of the National Center's work involves explaining the impact which various proposals might have on home education. Fortunately, this generally averts many of the negative effects on homeschool freedom that legislation frequently entails (whether intended or not). By maintaining close contact with these educational policy makers, HSLDA is able to fix many problems before bills are even introduced.

HSLDA also has several matters we would like to see addressed in the coming session. Ending discrimination against homeschool graduates attending college in the awarding of federal financial aid is likely to be addressed this year, as well as extending federal privacy protections to homeschool records in those states where such records are currently kept by public schools. Keep an eye on the National Center's web page for further updates on legislative initiatives.

Not all of the National Center's activities involve bills and resolutions. Responding to challenges against and misperceptions of home education continues as a top priority. Be it an article in Education Week declaring that the classroom experience is necessary for proper socialization, or claims in the Chronicle of Higher Education that homeschoolers are trying to gain automatic college admission, the National Center has been there to respond, setting the record straight.

An additional project to be released this fall is a nationwide study of homeschool graduates conducted with Dr. Brian Ray of the National Home Education Research Institute.