Federal Relations


Vote-a-rama 2015: Two Wins for Homeschoolers in this Year’s Federal Budget Battle
As the federal budget process begins this year, homeschoolers have notched initial victories on the Common Core and federal pre-kindergarten programs.

House Judiciary Committee to Vote on Homeschool Asylum Bill this Wednesday!
We are excited to announce that the House Judiciary Committee will complete their markup of H.R. 1153, the Asylum Reform and Border Protection Act of 2015, on Wednesday, March 18.

Update on Homeschool Asylum Bill
A winter storm delayed work on an asylum bill for persecuted homeschoolers. A committee is expected to forward the bill to the House of Representatives next week.

Calling Homeschool Scientists: Special Invitation to USA X-STEM Symposium
Homeschoolers are invited to attend for free the 4th annual science and technology symposium to be held April in Washington, D.C.

H.R. 1153 Offers Asylum for Homeschoolers
A bill in Congress would grant asylum to homeschool families like the Romeikes who are being persecuted in their home countries.

HSLDA Says No to Proposed Federal Teacher Training Regulations
HSLDA has submitted comments opposing the latest attempt by the federal government to regulate teaching on the state and local level.

Giving Choice a Voice: A Rally for Educational Opportunity
Hundreds of students, teachers and parents joined federal lawmakers on Capitol Hill this week to promote school choice.

Help Us Stop Federal Support for the Common Core
A new Senate bill would stop federal contracts from being used as an incentive to promote national tests, curricula and the Common Core.

The Common Core and Virtual Public Education
In the backlash against the Common Core, some parents may not be aware of one area affected by these nationalized standards—online public education. This includes virtual charter schools and any other online programs offered through the local public schools.

Hold the Turkey: Federal Government Releases Massive Regulatory Agenda
The federal government’s aim of gaining more control over education is evident in its latest barrage of proposed regulations. HSLDA pledges to monitor any dangerous changes, and if necessary, fight them.

Homeschool Families to U.S. Senate: Defeat UN Treaty!
Homeschoolers met with Senate staffers on Capitol Hill last week while calls poured in from fellow home educators—all in opposition to a dangerous UN disabilities treaty. Thanks to these efforts, a vote on the treaty could be delayed.

Mike Farris Goes to Washington for Parental Rights
HSLDA Founder and Chairman Michael Farris testified before Congress last week of the need to enshrine parental rights in the U.S. Constitution.

Feds’ Denial of Oklahoma’s NCLB Waiver Request is Politically Motivated
HSLDA Founder and Chairman Michael Farris suggests ways in which Oklahoma can respond to the federal government punishing the state for rejecting the Common Core.

Will You Stand for Homeschool Freedom against the United Nations?
When Congress returns from recess next week, we will need your help to defeat once and for all the dangerous UN disabilities treaty.

Resources from HSLDA about UN Disabilities Treaty
A Senate vote on the dangerous UN disabilities treaty could come soon. HSLDA has compiled excellent resources to help homeschoolers fight against it.

Take Action Against UN Disabilities Treaty during August Recess!
August recess is an excellent time to contact your senators in their home offices and urge them to oppose the dangerous UN disabilities treaty.

Foreign Relations Committee Approves UN Disabilities Treaty
A Senate committee’s approval of a dangerous UN treaty means it could come up for ratification at any time. We need you to contact your senators and oppose this threat to parental rights and national sovereignty.

Senate Defeats Anti-Religious Liberty Bill
Thanks to your efforts, the U.S. Senate rejected a bill that targeted religious freedom.

Senate Committee to Vote on UN Disabilities Treaty
The U.S. Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee will vote on the dangerous UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities on Tuesday, July 22.

Senate Bill Targets Religious Freedom Act—Call Now!
A Senate bill would repeal certain Religious Freedom Restoration Act protections in an attempt to overturn the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision. We need your help to stop this dangerous legislation.

Religious Freedom Act Key to Hobby Lobby Ruling
A religious freedom law championed in part by HSLDA helped influence Monday’s Supreme Court ruling affirming religious protection for family businesses. But more work is needed to defend fully this fundamental right.

Parental Rights Amendment Returns to U.S. Senate
The Parental Rights Amendment has been introduced once again in the U.S. Senate. HSLDA urges members to contact their senators in support of this vital legislation.

Thanks to You, Ninth State Rejects Common Core
Resistance to the Common Core is gaining momentum, as Louisiana became the ninth state to reject the centralized, top-down education standards.

Bad News: UN Disabilities Treaty Has Returned—Stronger than Ever
A Supreme Court decision has inspired proponents of the UN disabilities treaty to try again to push it through the U.S. Senate for ratification.

Update on Proposed Constitutional Amendment that Threatens Free Speech
Advocates for liberty strongly denounced in a Senate hearing a proposed amendment that would restrict the ability of citizens to engage in political speech. But the issue is sure to come up again.

Your Phone Calls Did It! Oklahoma Governor Signs Bill Ending Common Core!
Concerned parents responding to HSLDA’s national email alert helped persuade Oklahoma’s governor to reject the Common Core standards in her state.

Victory against IRS Proposed Regulations on 501(c)(4) Organizations—For Now
In a major victory for free speech, the IRS scrapped proposed restrictions on how organizations such as HSLDA could talk about politics.

HSLDA Opposes Proposed Constitutional Amendment to Limit Free Speech
Help us stop Congress from proposing an amendment that would regulate how private citizens may support political candidates.

Call U.S. Senate to Stop Federal Pre-K, Home Visitation
A bill that would expand federal involvement and increase spending for preschool is being considered in the U.S. Senate. Please act now to oppose this encroachment on parental rights.

The United Nations: Attacking Catholics, Families, and the Bible
A UN committee’s recent attack on the Catholic Church for its stance regarding family, child-rearing and parental rights should serve as a warning to homeschoolers.

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Congressional Action Program

 Legislation Watch

Support Support | Neutral Neutral | Oppose Oppose
HSLDA Supported
H.R. 1153—“Asylum Reform and Border Protection Act of 2015”
HSLDA Supported
H.R. 970—“Supporting Academic Freedom through Regulatory Relief Act”
HSLDA Supported
S. 306—“Enhancing Education Opportunities for All Students Act”
HSLDA Supported
H.R. 553—“Allowance of Home School Expenses for Coverdell ESAs”
HSLDA Supported
H.R. 554—“Enhancing Educational Opportunities for All Students Act”
HSLDA Supported
S. 101—“IRS Code Amendment to expand Coverdell ESAs”
HSLDA Supported
S. 195—“Education Savings Account Act of 2015”
HSLDA Supported
S. 100—“Home School Opportunities Make Education Sound Act of 2015”
HSLDA Supported
H.R. 524—Local Control of Education Act
HSLDA Supported
S. 182—“Learning Opportunities Created at Local Level Act”
HSLDA Supported
S. 73—“Local Control of Education Act”
HSLDA Neutral
H.R. 5—Student Success Act
HSLDA Opposed
H.Res. 145—“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)
HSLDA Opposed
H.R. 495—“DIPLOMA Act”
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