Federal Relations


3 Amendments that Mattered
Congress is working to reconcile two versions of major federal education legislation. HSLDA wants to ensure the final version retains its protections for homeschoolers.

Tell Your Senator that Expanded Federal Pre-Kindergarten is Not the Answer!
Call your two U.S. senators now and ask them to oppose Sen. Bob Casey’s “Strong Start” amendment. Encourage them to vote against expansive government involvement in pre-kindergarten programs.

ESEA Reauthorization 2015: The Nuts and Bolts for Homeschoolers
Both the House and Senate bills reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 protect homeschoolers. HSLDA is watching Congress to make sure it stays that way.

Why Does Diane Ravitch Think Homeschoolers Shouldn’t Serve Others?
Critics who say a former homeschool mom shouldn’t be head of the Texas board of education are wrong. Home educators are good at what they do, and have an interest in seeing that other parents’ children receive a quality education too.

Concerned about Head Start and Federal Early Education Programs? Let Congress Know!
Tell Congress what you think of Head Start and other questionable early education programs.

Call Congress Now to Voice Your Support for Homeschoolers Around the World!
Homeschoolers overseas face bullying and outright discrimination by their own governments—and this problem won’t go away by itself. Please ask your congressman to support a bill that would grant asylum to persecuted international homeschoolers.

Common Core: Parents Opt Out, Government Steps In
The U.S. Department of Education says it will “step in” if parents keep opting their kids out of controversial Common Core tests.

H.R. 5: What Parents Need to Know about the Student Success Act of 2015
Because H.R. 5 contains provisions that both protect that freedom of homeschoolers and reduce federal overreach into public education, HSLDA is neutral on this legislation as a whole.

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.

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Congressional Action Program

 Legislation Watch

Support Support | Neutral Neutral | Oppose Oppose
HSLDA Supported
S. 1341 - "Student Privacy Protection Act"
HSLDA Supported
S. 559--"Supporting Academic Freedom through Regulatory Relief Act"
HSLDA Supported
HR 2255: “To make participation in the American Community Survey voluntary”
HSLDA Supported
S. 226/H.R. 427: “Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act (REINS Act)”
HSLDA Supported
H.R. 2803—“To amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to ensure State control over academic standards, and for other purposes.”
HSLDA Supported
H.R. 1752—“To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to make members of health care sharing ministries eligible to establish health savings accounts”
HSLDA Supported
Title: S. 246—“Alyce Spotted Bear and Walter Soboleff Commission on Native Children Act”
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
S. 1177—Every Child Achieves Act
HSLDA Neutral
H.R. 5—Student Success Act
HSLDA Opposed
S. 1195 “Student Right to Know Before You Go Act”
HSLDA Opposed
HR 1507—“Investing in States to Achieve Tuition Equality for Dreamers Act of 2015”
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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