From the HSLDA E-lert Service:


10/14/2011 10:46:09 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
California--How to Keep a Strong Voice for Homeschooling in Sacramento

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

California--How to Keep a Strong Voice for Homeschooling in Sacramento

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

The purpose of this email is to get as many families in California as
possible supporting Family Protection Ministries (FPM). It is critical
to the freedom of homeschooling in California that FPM remains strong
in their advocacy before the legislature for all of us. Please read
the entire email as it is important for you to understand the full
scope and import of the advocacy role FPM plays in California. Like
most donation-driven organizations, FPM is struggling to make ends
meet because of decreased support. Without a large outpouring of
financial support as a result of this email, FPM will not be able to
meet their current expenses and payroll. Believe me, there is no room
to cut expenses and payroll without diminishing the effectiveness of
the organization.

Let me explain why your prayer and financial support is absolutely
essential for California homeschoolers. Despite reduced levels of
giving and the fact that California has perhaps the most liberal
legislature in America and is busy year-round, FPM not only protects
our freedom to homeschool, but works zealously to continue to advance
our freedom. The most recent victory is perhaps their greatest victory
and was achieved without asking you to make one phone call or write a
letter to your representative.

AB 717, just signed by the governor, drastically overhauls the
procedures surrounding neglect and abuse investigations of parents in
California. Parents used to be reported to the Child Abuse Central
Index (CACI) in Sacramento for simply "failing to cooperate" with
child protective services investigations. This is forbidden under new
legislation. Only "substantiated" reports of child abuse shall be
reported to the CACI and, after January 1, all reports other than
"substantiated" reports will be purged from the system. FPM, in
conjunction with HSLDA, has been working on this major change for over
ten years. It came about as a result of FPM's zealous advocacy on
behalf of you and all parents in California. This major victory
follows numerous successes over the years by FPM by defeating bad
bills that would have:

1. Sent parents to jail for homeschooling;
2. Sent good parents to prison for non-abusive spanking;
3. Added "educational neglect" as a category of child abuse thereby
giving social workers the power to investigate the "quality" of your
homeschool program, along with the threat of the removal of your
4. Mandated mental health examinations for every Californian every
three years;
5. Required at-risk screening and intrusive home visits following
child birth;
6. Added a statewide daytime curfew;
7. Lowered the compulsory attendance age to 5 and introduce mandatory
8. Added habitual truancy as a new category of child abuse resulting
in Child Protective Services (CPS) investigations of homeschoolers;
9. Required regular inspections of bathrooms of all schools, including

These victories all took place in the midst of monitoring over 5,000
bills each legislative session to make sure your freedoms are
protected. This amounts to more bills than are introduced into the
U.S. Congress. There is no doubt that God has supernaturally blessed
FPM and will continue to do so as long as we keep them in Sacramento.

HSLDA has been partnering with FPM since they began, and they are the
only full-time presence in Sacramento dedicated to protecting freedoms
for private homeschoolers and parental rights in the California
Legislature. I know Roy Hanson, Nathan Pierce and Jim Davis personally
and work closely with them on a regular basis. Their professionalism,
expertise and experience are unparalleled in the legislative lobbying
arena. They are your eyes, ears and advocates on the front lines in
Sacramento. However, the number of bills they are able to work on will
be limited by the resources they have on hand.

I am asking you to give sacrificially and generously today to ensure
that homeschoolers will continue to operate in freedom under the
current law. Many would seek to regulate homeschoolers in California.
To make sure that doesn't happen, we need a significant outpouring of
large, medium and small single gifts, and an increase in monthly
support as well. For those of you who are already giving regularly to
FPM, I thank you and ask you to please consider giving an extra amount
at this time. Also, please consider forwarding this email to other
homeschoolers in California.

FPM is funded solely by tax-deductible donations from homeschool
families in California. For those of you who give $40 or more each
calendar year, you will receive FPM's newsletter on a complimentary

Make your tax-deductible gift payable to FPM, and mail it today to:

P.O. Box 730
Lincoln, CA 95648-0730

In anticipation of your generous response to this request, I thank you
on behalf of Roy, Nathan and Jim. Your freedoms as you know them
today depend upon having a strong voice in Sacramento to keep the
liberal Legislature from imposing their radical views on home
education and families.

God Bless,

Mike Smith
President, HSLDA

-> How many acorns can a chipmunk hold in its cheeks?

We don't know! But we do know that gathering little by little
enables ordinary folks to prepare for hard times. That principle
is behind HSLDA's payment plan: by paying a month at a time,
families can receive an annual HSLDA membership. Meanwhile, they
can feel secure as they homeschool and focus on other priorities
-- their children. Don't go nuts trying to pay for membership all
once. Choose one of our convenient payment plans.

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