HSLDA Advises New Mexico Homeschoolers to Ignore State Requirement

HSLDA recommends NM homeschoolers print-out and mail in an online notice of intent to homeschool in protest. HSLDA is advising parents should not affirm certain statements on the form which misrepresent NM homeschool regulations.

A new Christian homeschooling co-op will start in the fall at Oak Harbor Christian Missionary Alliance Church in Oak Harbor, OH. Homeschoolers of Ottawa County Christian Co-op (HO3C) will hold an open house on August 31, 2018, for interested parents.

Classical Conversations of Newton, NJ will hold an informational meeting for parents interested in homeschooling using the Classical Conversations model. The meeting will be held at Baleville Church in Newton, NJ on July 12th at 9:30 AM.

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Homeschooling Declared Fundamental Right in Puerto Rico

Lawmakers in Puerto Rico are the first among U.S. States and Territories to declare homeschooling a fundamental right.

According to HSLDA, “[the] issue was settled for parents in Puerto Rico when the new law, Legislative Act P. del. S. 255, declared homeschooling itself to be a fundamental right.

Currently in Puerto Rico, homeschooling families are exempt from public school attendance under the non-governmental entity school’s exemption. However, this action on the part of the legislature and governor will ensure that homeschooling families have the highest constitutional protections.”

HSLDA president Mike Smith credits local counsel Carlos Perez for the “monumental victory”.

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Bill Proposes Tax Credit for NJ Homeschoolers

Bill Proposes Tax Credit for NJ Homeschoolers

NJ State Assemblywoman Angela McKnight has introduced a bill that would give New Jersey homeschoolers a tax break.

Under the proposal, a homeschooling family earning less than $150,000/year would be eligible for a tax credit of $1,000 per child up to $3,000 per year.

“Regardless of where or how they are educated, all students in New Jersey deserve access to resources that will support their development and prepare them to compete in the global economy,” McKnight, D-Jersey City, said in a statement.

“If parents decide that the home is the best learning environment for their children, a tax credit can help offset the cost of the many expensive yet fundamental educational resources they will need.”

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HSLDA Addresses Iowa Legislature on Homeschooling and Abuse

HSLDA Addresses Iowa Legislature on Homeschooling and Abuse

HSLDA attorney Scott Woodruff addressed the Iowa Government Oversight Committee during a special session on child abuse and homeschooling.

After a tragic series of incidents where two homeschooled 16-year-old girls were abused and killed, Iowa legislators called a special session to discuss policy going forward to prevent further tragedies.

Both girls were in foster care and their families had prior abuse complaints.

Some legislators argued for stricter restrictions on homeschooling, including yearly home visits, to prevent further instances of abuse.

Citing a 2016 report on child abuse, Woodruff argued that Iowa’s Department of Human Services should focus on the primary risk factors and any new policies should apply to all families and not just those that choose to homeschool.

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