Federal Relations


HSLDA and Federal Legislation

The 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.

 Federal Legislation
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   113th Congress 

The 113th United States Congress is now in session. Watch here for new legislation that could affect homeschool freedom.

H.R. 4008—Educational Freedom Act of 2014

S. 1974—“Learning Opportunities Created At Local Level Act”

H.R. 207—To Amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to Make Members of Health Care Sharing Ministries Eligible to Establish Health Savings Accounts

H.R. 2099—To Provide for an Accounting of Total United States Contributions to the United Nations

S. 86—To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow the Coverdell education savings accounts to allow homeschool education expenses

H.R. 791—“Continuum of Learning Act of 2013”

H.R. 1755—“Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2013”

S. 815—“Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2013”

H.R. 112—Measuring and Evaluating Trends for Reliability, Integrity, and Continued Success (METRICS) Act

H.R. 3865—Stop Targeting of Political Beliefs by the IRS Act of 2014

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).”

Other information:
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- Federal Legislation Archive

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Support Support | Neutral Neutral | Oppose Oppose
HSLDA Supported
 
H.R. 4008—Educational Freedom Act of 2014
HSLDA Supported
 
S. 1974—“Learning Opportunities Created At Local Level Act”
HSLDA Supported
 
H.R. 207—To Amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to Make Members of Health Care Sharing Ministries Eligible to Establish Health Savings Accounts
HSLDA Supported
 
H.R. 2099—To Provide for an Accounting of Total United States Contributions to the United Nations
HSLDA Supported
 
S. 86—To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow the Coverdell education savings accounts to allow homeschool education expenses
HSLDA Opposed
 
H.R. 791—“Continuum of Learning Act of 2013”
HSLDA Opposed
 
H.R. 1755—“Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2013”
HSLDA Opposed
 
S. 815—“Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2013”
HSLDA Opposed
 
H.R. 112—Measuring and Evaluating Trends for Reliability, Integrity, and Continued Success (METRICS) Act
HSLDA Supported
 
H.R. 3865—Stop Targeting of Political Beliefs by the IRS Act of 2014
HSLDA Opposed
 
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).”

Individual Sessions

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)