The Home School Court Report
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January / February 2005

State Legislation Summary—2004
2004 art contest

Our Judges

Winners of the three categories
PHC beats Oxford in debate
GenJ: Into the land

What are Generation Joshua & HSLDA PAC?

Sodrel: One very tight race . . .

Davis: In a dead heat

From the heart

2004 in review

From the director

Impact of the fund

Mission statement of HSF
Across the states
Active cases
Members only
About campus
President's page


On the other hand: a Contrario Sensu

HSLDA social services contact policy/A plethora of forms

HSLDA legal inquiries

Prayer & Praise




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Interscholastic access

The Jemez Mountain Home School Speech and Debate Team in Los Alamos has been fighting for the right to participate in interscholastic debates ever since it was blocked from regional competitions last spring. Journalists were quick to note how these young homeschooled debaters took their case to the court of public opinion. Elected officials paid attention, too. Senator Lee Rawson, a longtime supporter of homeschool freedom in New Mexico, spoke personally with Governor Bill Richardson and shared the tre men dous benefits of allowing homeschoolers to participate in interscholastic activities. The governor took the issue under consideration.

On October 20, 2004, Governor Richardson announced an educational initiative to allow homeschool students to participate in interscholastic activities. Education Secretary Veronica Garcia is now working with the New Mexico Activities Association (NMAA) to provide opportunities for homeschooled students to participate in athletics in public schools.

Paul Kressin, coach of the Jemez Mountain Home School Speech and Debate Team, has been invited to serve on the NMAA committee that will write new rules for full participation in public school athletics by homeschoolers. Coach Kressin is committed to making sure that homeschool participation does not open the door to state control of home education. HSLDA will be working closely with him and with the Christian Association of Parent Educators of New Mexico to protect the liberty of all homeschoolers while expanding their options.

— by Scott W. Somerville