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March / April 2005

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Working together achieves results

Massachusetts has one of the three worst homeschool laws in the United States, but groups of homeschoolers have learned that they can improve their local districts' policies by working together.

Families in the Ashburnham-Westminster School Districthave developed a model policy to propose to their school committee. Although the families in that district are very diverse, they have proven once again that unity protects liberty. Their efforts are an example to homeschoolers across the commonwealth.

A large number of families in the Plymouth School District, who participate in nearby Kingston's Fellowship Christian Academy (FCA), have not yet been "approved" to homeschool this year because they want to be supervised by FCA rather than by the school district. The district has historically made many unenforceable demands on parents, such as requiring parents to list the number of minutes each subject will be taught to each child. As an organized group, working closely with Home School Legal Defense Association, the families have requested that the school committee change its policy rather than force them to give up their liberties. While the situation in Plymouth is far from resolved, the courage and conviction of these families have made real change possible for that district.

— by Scott W. Somerville