HSLDA and Federal LegislationThe Constitution does not permit the federal government to regulate or control private or public education. The 10th Amendment provides that education, where it is an issue of government concern, is left to the states. However, the unfortunate reality is that the federal government does not presently consider itself restrained in matters of public education. Accordingly, HSLDA actively monitors the federal government for policies or legislation that would infringe on the freedom of parents to educate their children at home, and works hard to defeat or modify those that are threatening. HSLDA also works to ensure that the federal government does not unduly discriminate against homeschoolers and will advocate to remedy discrimination in ways that will not affect homeschool freedom.
HSLDA pays close attention to the language used in any federal legislation. If a bill is worded poorly, it may inadvertently lead to unnecessary restrictions on the freedoms of home educating families. HSLDA works with Congress to ensure that final language will not pose a significant risk to those freedoms. While HSLDA supports many bills in concept, we are sometimes forced to withdraw that support (or oppose legislation) if the language chosen seems dangerous as the bill moves through its various stages.
The 113th United States Congress is now in session. Watch here for new legislation that could affect homeschool freedom.
H. Res. 19—“Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the Senate should ratify the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).”
• 112th Congress Archives (2011–2013)
• 111th Congress Archives (2009–2011)
• 110th Congress Archives (2007–2009)
• 109th Congress Archives (2005–2007)
• 108th Congress Archives (2003–2005)
• 107th Congress Archives (2001–2003)