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post #21 of 55
Not a member, never will be. I can't support any organization that discriminates against homosexuals and religions other than Christianity.

If I feel the need to get legal protection, I'll join an umbrella school like Clonlara. Then my kids would technically be in private school, but in reality they'd be at home with me, and we'd have complete freedom to homeschool (or unschool) however we wish.
post #22 of 55
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Didn't they support recently enacted legislation that allows the armed forces to "define" homeschooling for potential candidates? If that doesn't open the door for further "defining" of homeschooling at the federal level I don't know what does. Not at all in the best interests of homeschoolers nationwide.
Yes, they did. Here's a great blog about it. The links on the right are very informative. For anyone who's interested, Helen, the editor of HEM, also had quite a few great blog posts about it (read them in reverse order - from the bottom up).
post #23 of 55
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Originally Posted by 2tadpoles View Post
It's been quite some time since I read all the anti-HSLDA material out there, but I'm under the impression that HSLDA is actually responsible for the restrictive homeschooling laws some states have. Sure, they "fought" for the legal right to homeschool; and the states compromised by creating individual statutes that are less than friendly in some areas.
That's the impression I'm under as well. I know that the statewide homeschool org is affiliated with HSLDA (you have to be a member of HSLDA to be a member of the org) and their requirements for assesment go WAY beyond what the law requires. They want things like curriculum lists, an outrageous number of work samples, quarterly progress reports and talk about how they need to make sure that "records were kept according to State requirements" : Umm...state law no way requires all that stuff!
post #24 of 55
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Originally Posted by Pinky Tuscadero View Post
Just wondering how HSLDA helped this family?
They weren't members. They lost so much.

They are now. And now are living back in the state with no problems.
post #25 of 55
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Originally Posted by ustasmom View Post
They weren't members. They lost so much.

They are now. And now are living back in the state with no problems.

They could have just as easily joined an umbrella school (one with no discrimination issues) and been fine as well. There are ways to bypass inconveniences without compromising integrity.
post #26 of 55
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Wow! I had no idea people felt this way about them. Thank you for all of the reading and imput. I really don't see why I would have any problem with social services or otherwise. My only concern is that I homeschool my neice, who's parents are both currently in jail/halfway house. She lives with me part time, and with her grandmother the other time. We are following all of the state laws, we had some trouble taking her out of the public school system last spring, and that is when I was most concerned. I just really don't want to put my children's chance to homeschool in jeopardy.

So, nobody has had any issues with social services at any time so far??
(aside from the couple that had a friend in trouble)
That's great to hear!
post #27 of 55
I wouldn't join HSLDA, even if they were the only hs group! Which they aren't.
post #28 of 55
Nope here too.
post #29 of 55
Not a member either, and I wish they wouldn't pretend to speak for me.
post #30 of 55
When I first started hsing, I felt very nervous cause of the laws and the public school system. Being a single mom, I was really worried someone was gonna knock on my door and say, prove that you're schooling your kids or something like that. Of course, it never happened.

We've never joined HSLDA and probably never will. Even though I've never been a member, I will say this though. From time to time, I would go to their website and just check on things for my state. About 2 yrs or so ago, their was a law that was changed regarding testing. It was a new school year and they had misinformation regarding my state with tests. I called them and told them about it. The lady said we haven't heard about it and blah blah. I think a couple of weeks had passed and I saw that they STILL had the wrong info regarding tests. I decided to email them and tell them yet again and I also gave them the homeschool education dept's number and contact person. Anyway, they finally corrected it. The only reason I did all of that is cause I was worried that hsing families might get in trouble regarding tests.

My point is, (yes, there's a point LOL) be careful with dealing with HSLDA cause they don't always have the right info. They sure as heck didn't for our state. I lost a lot of respect for them after that.

I think people who are new to hsing should check out the state dept of education (hsing part) to find out the right laws and such BEFORE you go shelling out money. JMO
post #31 of 55
My favorite bit from HSLDA was their assertion that gay marriage would threaten our right to homeschool:
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“HSLDA has litigated the issues surrounding homeschooling for over 20 years. It is our belief that the fundamental right to direct the upbringing of children, including their education, is largely predicated on the institution of the traditional family and its status in society - a status which predates even the founding of the United States. Should the nature of the traditional family be changed, indeed radically re-defined by the modern state, the constitutional-historical basis of what the family is and its privileges are weakened. We cannot let this happen.”
(From here: http://www.uuhomeschool.org/pub-040217-01.php3 . That site also notes that only about 5% of American homeschoolers are members of HSLDA - so obviously, the vast majority of homeschoolers don't recognize legal insurance as a "need" at all.)
post #32 of 55
I read somewhere that there is no gaurantee for members to get legal help. I feel bad for the mom who spent $100/year and didn't get help when she needed it because they can pick and choose who and when they help. I also read that some states don't accept them as legal.

As long as we follow the hsing laws, we should be safe, and that $100/year can go to things that are necessary.
post #33 of 55
I would like to, but my husband refuses. Whether you agree with their politics or not, they are a powerful ally to homeschoolers.
post #34 of 55
Thanks for reminding me to continue to support them again this year! They have helped several of my friends - one who needed support to get permission to hs a child while they were in the process of adopting him/her.
post #35 of 55
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Originally Posted by meowee View Post
Whether you agree with their politics or not, they are a powerful ally to homeschoolers.
With friends like that, who needs enemies...

Miranda
post #36 of 55
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Originally Posted by happyus3 View Post
So, nobody has had any issues with social services at any time so far??
Nope, and we have been homeschooling in one of the most unfriendly states for 3 years. Previously, we homeschooled in Virginia and D.C.
post #37 of 55
Many of their beliefs are so opposite mine that I can not in good concious join. (Man my spelling is bad tonight ) And since they lobby for more than just hsing I feel like they have lost their original focus.
post #38 of 55
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With friends like that, who needs enemies...
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post #39 of 55
Originally Posted by moominmamma
With friends like that, who needs enemies...

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Double yeah that!
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post #40 of 55
We're a two mom family, so I don't think they'd let us join.
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