Federal Relations


Cruz Intros Education Savings Plan to Include Homeschoolers
Senator Ted Cruz has introduced another bill that would allow homeschooling families to access a tax-advantaged savings plan.

Dear Feds: Stop Discriminating Against Homeschooled Teens
Since 2010, a labor regulation has blocked 14- and 15-year-olds from taking age-appropriate jobs that fit perfectly with their homeschooling—but not with the public school’s schedule. It’s time for that to change.

Special Invitation for Homeschool Families: Don’t Miss the 2018 USA Science & Engineering Festival
The organizers of the USA Science & Engineering Festival are extending a special invitation to homeschool students to attend this year’s Science & Engineering Festival.

What the New Tax Reform Law Means for Homeschooling Families
The child tax credit doubled. And 529 savings accounts were expanded … sort of. That’s where things got complicated.

Parental Rights Amendment Re-Introduced in Both Houses of Congress—Call Congress Now!
We’re asking members and friends to take action before the holidays to keep this crucial legislative effort moving forward.

Calls Needed to Oppose Federal Data Collection Bill
Please call your U.S. Representative now and urge him or her to oppose H.R. 2434, the “College Transparency Act,” which will create a massive new federal data collection of students during and after college.

Congress to Consider Parental Rights, Asylum for Persecuted
These two major issues for homeschool freedom are about to hit your congressman’s desk. Here’s what you can do to help.

Judiciary Committee Approves Homeschool Asylum Bill
Ask your representative to support legislation that would allow homeschooling families to escape oppression by moving to America.

HSLDA to Trump: Don’t Let the Charlie Gard Tragedy Happen Here
We asked the president to protect children in the U.S. by disengaging from a dangerous UN treaty that could prevent parents from making lifesaving medical decisions for their kids.

HSLDA and DeVos Talk Homeschool Freedom
Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos assured HSLDA that federal officials have no plans to interfere with homeschooling families.

Trump Reins in Federal Role in Education, Common Core
HSLDA will be helping federal officials ensure homeschool freedom as they implement the president’s directive to protect state and local control of education.

HR 610 Languishes in Committee
A bill proposing federal vouchers for homeschoolers has run into stiff resistance thanks to freedom-loving families. Now its support is quietly drying up.

Judge Gorsuch’s Take on International Law
In a recent Senate confirmation hearing, President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee took a stand against using international law to interpret the U.S. Constitution.

Trump to Sign Repeal of Dangerous Education Regulations
Congress just overturned the Obama administration’s last-minute regulations dictating how colleges should train teachers.

4 Ways That HR 610 Will Threaten Your Rights
It promises money for homeschoolers. But here are four ways that it will threaten your rights—and number three is especially dangerous.

Will Trump Reject These Dangerous UN Treaties?
We need you to contact the White House and ask the president to reject several UN treaties that could harm children by undermining parental rights.

Calling All Homeschool Scientists: Special Invitation to the USA X-STEM Symposium
Homeschool teens are invited to attend the upcoming national science and engineering symposium for free.

3 Things You Should Know About Trump’s Dept. of Ed. Pick
The president-elect has tapped Betsy DeVos for secretary of education. Here’s what she says about school choice and the Common Core.

Number of Homeschooled Children Doubles in 13 Years
The latest federal summary of homeschooling data confirms that this educational option is vibrant and expanding—and that homeschooling families are concerned by bullying and other problems plaguing more institutional methods of education.

Secretary King: Homeschoolers Have Limited Options
U.S. Education Secretary John King’s comments about homeschooled students are telling.

Is Congress Pushing Kids into Unwanted Career Paths?
These two new bills say they will improve career opportunities for students. But they come with strings attached. What does all this mean for homeschoolers?

Where Do Third Parties Stand on Home Education?
A survey of third-party platforms shows that homeschool freedom is now a popular theme.

Federal Camel Kicked Out of Tent
Your efforts helped stop a plan to make migratory homeschool students report to the federal government.

Wikileaks: Common Core a “Third Rail” for DNC
Leaked emails reveal that Democrats are afraid to talk about the deeply unpopular Common Core.

Take Action to Prevent Fed Ed Regulations from Promoting Common Core!
The U.S. Department of Education is once again trying to bypass Congress to continue meddling in local education.

RNC Platform Backs Home Ed: Will DNC Follow Suit?
The GOP 2016 platform includes five wins for homeschooling. Read what they are.

Heard about Brexit? Is it time to Talk Amexit?
Five members of Congress have introduced a bill calling for the United States to exit the United Nations—a move that would protect U.S. homeschool freedom from the overreach of international law.

Congress Debates Expanding Selective Service to Include Women
Congress is debating whether to require women to register for Selective Service and the military draft.

Homeschooling Congressman Levels Path to Federal Jobs
Rep. Mark Meadows worked with HSLDA to wipe out discriminatory requirements for homeschool grads seeking federal jobs.

What Do HSLDA, John McCain, and Lindsey Graham Have in Common?
We’re working together to solve a serious problem that affects all American parents.

How Today’s Homeschoolers are Doing on the SAT
The results are in—and should be encouraging to homeschooling parents!

Federal Government Backs off “Equality with Parents” Claim
Two federal departments seem to have gotten the message: Parents are not “equal” with the government in the education and upbringing of their children—they are the primary decision-makers.

Say “No” to More Government Data Tracking
Parents who don’t want the government collecting detailed information on their students have until May 4 to comment on Common Core-related database guidelines.

New RV Rule Prompts Concerns from Owners
The federal government is proposing a rule change that could boot families from their RVs.

Shear Discrimination: Why Trade Schools Brush off Homeschool Graduates
Homeschool diplomas are good enough for Harvard, but technical institutes can’t seem to get the message. So when beauty schools get snippy, HSLDA won’t curl up and dye.

John King Squeaks Through On Tepid 49–40 Confirmation Vote
In the face of widespread opposition—including from King’s own Democratic senator—President Obama’s controversial nominee was confirmed as U.S. Secretary of Education.

Calling Homeschool Scientists: Special Invitation to USA X-STEM Symposium
The organizers of the USA Science and Engineering Festival are extending a special invitation for homeschool students to attend the annual USA X-STEM Symposium.

Coverdell Education Savings Accounts—background
Answers to commonly asked questions regarding Coverdell ESAs.

Federal Government Tells Parents: “We Are Your Equals”
Washington policymakers think they are “equal partners” with parents. They’re wrong.

Six Anti-Discrimination Victories Ring in the New Year
HSLDA helped families navigate the bureaucracy of the Social Security administration when their benefits were wrongfully denied.

Common Core Textbook Seller Makes Shocking Admission
A new undercover video shows a textbook company executive revealing the true motive for promoting a national standardized curriculum.

Victory! IRS Withdraws Troubling Proposed Donor Regulation
In a powerful reminder that citizen action does make a difference, on January 7, 2016, the IRS quietly withdrew a proposed regulation regarding donations to the most common category of tax-exempt charities.

HSLDA Responds to New IRS Proposed Regulation
HSLDA opposes a proposed IRS regulation that would allow nonprofits to collect Social Security numbers from certain donors.

Homeschool Freedom Protected in ESEA Rewrite, but Concerns Remain
Congress unveiled revisions to the latest federal education bill—revisions which show that HSLDA’s protections for homeschoolers remain intact. The revised bill also curtails the ability of federal officials to coerce states into adopting standards such as the Common Core.

Why Justice Scalia is Wrong about Parental Rights
HSLDA strongly rejects U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s recent comment that that there is no U.S. constitutional right of parents to direct the education and upbringing of their children.

HSLDA Statement on ESEA Moving Toward Reauthorization in Congress
News from Capitol Hill is that the merged version of the federal education bill continues to exempt homeschoolers. The bill should be made public this week.

Refusing to Conform: Arizona becomes the 10th State to Reject Common Core
Last week, the Arizona State Board of Education voted to sever all ties with Common Core. After deliberating for almost an hour, the board voted 6-2 to remove Arizona from the controversial education reforms.

No Politico, Common Core Hasn’t “Won the War”
A recent article claims that proponents of the Common Core have “won the war” to establish national education standards. But this article overlooks some crucial facts.

Coverdell ESA Fix Will Treat Homeschoolers Fairly
A bill now in the U.S. Senate will let homeschoolers have the same tax-free savings for qualified expenses as everyone else—through Coverdell accounts.

Federal Student Tracking Defeated
The federal government recently tried to track the students of every military family to learn whether they are private-schooled, public-schooled, or homeschooled. HSLDA formed a coalition to thwart this plan.

Massachusetts Groups Move to Put Common Core on the Ballot
Activists need 60,000 signatures to certify a ballot initiative that could repeal the Common Core in Massachusetts. This grassroots effort joins the fight against these centralized education standards in many other states.

4th Graders Now Have Free Access to National Parks
A new program offers free access to national parks for 4th graders and their families. The initiative is meant to get kids away from their electronic devices and into the great outdoors.

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.

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.

Major Victory for Student Safety and Privacy
Thanks in part to efforts by parents, a company tasked with collecting and storing information on American students from preschool through college has shut down.

Armed Forces Finally Accept Homeschool Enlistees on Equal Terms
The Pentagon has finalized a new policy that treats homeschool graduates on equal terms with other military enlistees. This welcome news comes at the end of a long struggle by HSLDA to achieve equality for homeschoolers.

Common Core: An International Failure
New studies reveal that despite proponents’ claims, the Common Core standards do not emulate the successful education practices of other countries.

HSLDA’s Jim Mason Testifies before Congress against Proposed IRS Regulations
A senior HSLDA attorney joined others to testify against IRS rules that would restrict what certain advocacy groups could say about political candidates.

HSLDA to Testify against Proposed IRS Free Speech Infringement
HSLDA is standing with organizations such as the ACLU to oppose new IRS rules that would restrict what we can tell members about elected officials.

HSLDA to U.S. Department of Education: Leave Homeschoolers Alone!
Proposed federal regulations would authorize state officials to collect data on homeschool students whose parents are migrant workers. HSLDA needs your help to stop this unlawful proposal.

Congress to Education Establishment: Time to End the Common Core
In the past week, Congress has come out loud and clear against the federal government pressuring states to adopt the Common Core. Your support of congressional efforts can help promote local control of education.

IRS Attempts to Muzzle Organizations from Talking About Politics
HSLDA needs your help to protect free speech! Please tell federal officials you oppose a proposed rule that would restrict HSLDA and similar organizations from discussing certain political topics during election season.

Major Victory for Homeschool Military Enlistees
Bipartisan support for homeschool equality from representatives John Kline (MN), Duncan Hunter (CA), Rob Andrews (NJ), and Jared Polis (CO) and senators Lindsey Graham (SC) and Orrin Hatch (UT) ensures that homeschool graduates will be treated fairly when they enlist in the Armed Forces.

Common Core on the Ropes
As more parents, educators, and policy makers find out the truth about the Common Core, freedom-loving Americans are pushing back against this latest top-down boondoggle to “reform” education.

New Study Argues Race to the Top Pushing States to the Middle
Three years after the Race to the Top competition spurred 40 states to promise to adopt the Common Core State Standards, the only independent study of RTTT's efficacy has condemned the program as a failure.

Calling Homeschool Young Scientists: Special Invitation to USA STEM Festival
Homeschool students are encouraged to participate in the USA Science and Engineering festival coming to Washington in April.

UK Mother Loses Right to Homeschool Disabled Son
Legal authorities in England applied the “best interests of the child standard,” the same standard advanced by the UN Disabilities Treaty, to break apart a family and prevent the mother from homeschooling her disabled son. The sad incident illustrates the dangers of the treaty—now being considered in the U.S. Senate.

Day of Prayer and Fasting for the Romeikes
Michael Farris of HSLDA is asking people to join him for a day of prayer and fasting for the Romeike family on Sunday, November 17.

Senate Committee Considers UN Disabilities Treaty, House says “No!”
Sixty U.S. representatives have urged the Senate not to ratify a dangerous United Nations disabilities treaty. Your calls to Congress are also needed to help send a strong message about protecting U.S. sovereignty.

Mike Farris Testifies against UN Disabilities Treaty: Please Call Your Senators
HSLDA Founder and Chairman Mike Farris traveled to the Capitol once again to testify against the UN disabilities treaty. And once again, we need your help to defeat this assault on U.S. sovereignty.

Update from the Front: Where is the UN Disabilities Treaty?
We have heard that as early as November 5 the U.S. Senate may hold hearings on the dangerous UN disabilities treaty. With your help, we can defeat the treaty again.

The Dawning Database: Does the Common Core Lead to National Data Collection?
Over the past decade, federal incentives and federally funded data models have spurred states to monitor students from their preschool to college right through their assimilation into the workforce. We believe this expansion of state databases is laying the foundation for a national database filled with personal student data, and the Common Core State Standards Initiative is transforming this concern into reality.

U.S. Department of Education: Homeschooling Continues to Grow!
The first national federal government survey on homeschooling since 2007 shows the education option continues to draw more students. The primary reason for homeschooling appears to have shifted, as well.

Join HSLDA at Notre Dame for Common Core Seminar
HSLDA’s director of federal relations will join numerous other experts to discuss the impact of the Common Core on education—including homeschooling.

Will Health Care Reform Mean Government Bureaucrats Can Invade My Home?
Though HSLDA continues to oppose the 2010 federal health care law, we must point out that the new laws do not mandate home visits by government officials.

White House Response to Romeike Petition: No Comment
After four months of silence, the White House finally responded to a petition requesting asylum for a persecuted German homeschooling family by dodging the issue and failing to affirm parental rights.

Tell Your Senators that President Obama is Wrong
President Obama is leading new efforts to ratify a dangerous UN treaty that would undermine parental rights. Help defeat this treaty before senators return to Washington in September.

UN Treaty Turning Scotland into Nanny State
HSLDA’s fears regarding various UN treaties are being confirmed in the massive state social services bureaucracy proposed for the upbringing of Scottish children.

Contact Your Senators on Recess about UN Disabilities Treaty
With the U.S. Senate on recess, now is the time to contact your senators in their home offices about the dangers of the UN disabilities treaty.

Senator Explains Why We Must Reject the UN Disabilities Treaty
Known for his strong advocacy on behalf of people with disabilities, Sen. Orrin Hatch nevertheless opposes a UN treaty on disabilities because it cedes U.S. sovereignty to foreign bureaucrats.

Standing With the Romeike Family
Twenty-seven members of Congress have signed a letter asking the U.S. attorney general to grant asylum to the Romeikes, a homeschool family fleeing persecution in Germany.

Your Calls Worked! House of Representatives Votes to Protect Homeschool Military Enlistees
Phone calls from home educators nationwide helped persuade U.S. representatives to vote for equal treatment of homeschool enlistees.

Calls Needed to Congress to Ensure Equal Treatment for Homeschool Military Enlistees
Your calls are needed to rally congressional support for a bipartisan amendment that would ensure equal treatment for homeschoolers enlisting in the military.

Date Set for UN Disabilities Treaty Hearings
A UN disabilities treaty that was defeated last year is back in the U.S. Senate. We need you to contact your senators and tell them why this treaty must not be ratified.

Ask Your U.S. Representative to Sign Letter Opposing UN CRPD
Please contact your representative and ask him or her to sign a letter opposing Senate ratification of a dangerous United Nations treaty.

Congress Tackles the Common Core National Standards and Databases
Please take time to thank the members of Congress who joined the fight against the Common Core national education standards. With your help, we will continue the battle.

UN Disabilities Treaty on the Move
We are hearing from multiple sources that the U.S. Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee is gearing up to hold hearings on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. We need to act now!

New Changes to Military Enlistment for Homeschool Graduates
An amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act is producing good policies for homeschoolers looking to enlist in the military. Here are some things homeschoolers should know.

Do Our Kids Belong to Us—or to the Community?
In an MSNBC promo, Melissa Harris-Perry promotes the radical and controversial idea that “we have to break through our kind of private idea that kids belong to their parents.” Sadly, this isn’t a new idea.

National Databases: Collecting Student-Specific Data is Unnecessary and Orwellian
Recent efforts to make states share their student information with the federal government could have dire consequences for individual privacy. HSLDA has learned that at least one state’s database includes information on homeschoolers.

National Survey on Drug Use and Health—Have You been Contacted?
Some HSLDA members have expressed concern about a government health survey. Rest assured that the survey is not mandatory and that the information it obtains must be kept confidential.

U.S. Department of Transportation Seeks Public Comments on “Black Boxes” in all New Autos
Drivers who feel that requiring data recorders in cars will invade their privacy have until February 11 to share comments with federal officials.

Common Core State Standards Initiative: Too Close to a National Curriculum
HSLDA is growing more concerned that “voluntary” state academic guidelines could turn into national standards that even homeschoolers will be forced to teach.

Send Thank-You Notes to Senators on the “Nice” List
Please take time to thank the senators who voted against the UN disabilities treaty and in favor of protecting parental rights.

Senate Rejects Ratification of UN Disabilities Treaty
Due to your calls, emails, and office visits, the Senate minority stood strong and ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities was rejected.

Senate to Vote on UN Disabilities Treaty on Tuesday—Call Now!
We have just received word that the U.S. Senate will hold a straight up-or-down vote on Tuesday, December 4, on whether or not the United States should ratify the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Vote on United Nations Disability Treaty Imminent: Calls Needed!
Please contact your senators today and ask them to oppose the United Nations disabilities treaty, which could be up for a vote this week.

Urge Your Senators to Stand against UN Disabilities Treaty
Your calls to the U.S. Senate have helped prevent a dangerous United Nations treaty from being ratified. We need you to continue opposing the treaty during the current lame-duck session of Congress.

Michael Farris: Be Part of the Solution … Vote!
We encourage you to watch HSLDA Chairman Mike Farris’ new video on how crucial it is that you vote on Tuesday, November 6. Please share this with your friends, family, and on social media

Paul Ryan: Keep Homeschooling Free!
HSLDA applauds Paul Ryan for his strong stance on homeschool freedom. It’s refreshing to see a candidate who may be the next in line to the president stand up for parental rights and homeschool freedom.

Senate Adjourns Without Voting on UN Treaty—Victory for Now!
Your calls and contacts worked! Now we’ll need your help to defeat the UN disabilities treaty when the lame-duck Senate meets again after the November election.

Urgent Calls Needed Today To Oppose UN Disabilities Treaty!
We need you to call both of your U.S. senators right now and ask them to support Senator Lee in rejecting the UN Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Education Establishment Still Doesn’t Get It!
Members of the education establishment continue to disdain homeschooling and to call for greater regulation. But with your support HSLDA can help keep homeschooling free.

Pentagon Changes Homeschool Enlistment but HSLDA Isn’t Ready to Salute
HSLDA is working with certain members of Congress to ensure the latest military homeschool recruitment policy follows legislators’ intent.

U.S. Department of Education Agrees: Homeschoolers Are Eligible for Student Aid
The latest statement from federal officials should leave no doubt regarding homeschool students and college financial aid.

UN Treaty Dangers are Real: A Response to Sen. Rockefeller
Senator Jay Rockefeller and others claim they have taken precautions to make a UN treaty on rights for the disabled safe for America. HSLDA Chairman Mike Farris explains why they are wrong, and why we still need your help to stop the treaty now.

UN Treaty Update: Visit Senators at Home to Ensure Victory!
Thanks to your efforts a Senate vote on a dangerous UN treaty has been delayed. We urge you to contact your senators in their home offices to ensure victory for parental rights.

UN Treaty Moves to Senate Floor—Keep Calling!
If this convention passes, the White House could begin pushing through an entire package of UN treaties that erode parental rights and undermine U.S. sovereignty.

UN Treaty Markup Delayed—Keep Calling!
Your calls are working! A temporary delay in considering a dangerous UN treaty means there is more time to urge senators to oppose the measure. But we need you to act now.

Romney Adds Voice in Parental Rights Battle
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney recently joined HSLDA in “unequivocal” opposition to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. This treaty undermines U.S. sovereignty and erodes parental rights, freedoms which Romney declares “have been at the heart of our historic rise to world leadership.” And while HSLDA has not endorsed any candidate for president this year, we applaud Gov. Romney for his strong stance on this very important issue for parents.

Santorum Joins Fight against UN Treaty—Call Now!
Rick and Karen Santorum, who have a special needs daughter, have joined the fight against a UN treaty that would usurp the role of parents in caring for disabled children.

Senator Kerry: We’ll Pass the CRPD by July 26
Call your U.S. senators and urge them to oppose a UN treaty that would undermine the rights of parents.

Urgent Calls Needed: Senate Committee to hold Hearing on Dangerous UN Treaty
Protect U.S. sovereignty this Independence Day! Contact your senators and urge them to oppose a United Nations treaty that would impose new restrictions in the name of helping disabled citizens.

How the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities would Threaten Family Integrity
The CRPD would create special dangers for families with children who have disabilities, and in particular, families who choose to homeschool.

New UN Convention Attacking Parental Rights
The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities attacks the authority of parents and adds the government as a primary decision maker in a child’s life.

Update in the Battle for Religious Freedom and Conscience Rights
HSLDA urges you to contact members of Congress and ask them to support legislation that would preserve the freedom of religious employers to follow the dictates of their conscience.

Calling all Graduate Students and Seminarians for an All-Expense Paid Week in DC!
Applications are being accepted for a free weeklong seminar on faith and society being held by the Heritage Foundation.

Act Now as President Obama Opens Public Comments on Conscience Rights
Please act now to protect religious liberty by commenting on the Obama administration’s controversial mandate regarding abortion-inducing drugs.

NHERI Conducting Study on Achievements of African-American Students
The National Home Education Research Institute is currently conducting a groundbreaking study of African-American families, and would love your help!

Does My High School Grad Need a GED for Federal Student Aid?
Don’t believe the misinformation out there. Homeschool graduates are still fully eligible for federal student aid to college.

Update on Battle to Protect Religious Freedom and Right of Conscience
HSLDA is urging its members and friends to continue contacting the U.S. Senate on behalf of religious liberty.

Chance to Compete in Science & Engineering Festival
Homeschoolers are encouraged to participate in the USA Science & Engineering Festival.

Contact the U.S. Senate: Oppose Judicial Activism
Please call now to oppose the nomination to federal district court of a lawyer with a proven track record of anti-Christian bigotry and judicial activism.

Urgent Calls Needed to Protect Religious Freedom and Conscience Rights
Please call now to support a Senate amendment that would block a White House attempt to overrule religious and moral convictions.

Update on President Obama’s Attack on Educational Freedom
The White House has yet to respond to thousands of homeschoolers who oppose President Obama’s recent attack on educational freedom. We urge HSLDA members and friends to continue to press for a reply.

Help Stop Obama’s Attack on Educational Freedom
Please call the White House and your legislators in Congress to tell them the federal government should not dictate how long a child stays in school.

Obama Administration Disregards Freedom of Religion & Right of Conscience
Current federal leadership has upheld a new health care mandate that violates freedom of conscience. HSLDA is considering its options in continuing to battle this rule.

A Homeschool Study May Appear in your Mailbox …
The federal Department of Education is conducting a national survey that includes a homeschooling component. Though individuals are not obliged to respond, similar past surveys have provided useful information about the growth of homeschooling.

Major Victory for Homeschool Graduates Enlisting in the Military
With the help of several congressmen, HSLDA secured a long-term guarantee of equal treatment for homeschoolers who wish to enlist in the U.S. military.

Oppose S. 1877, Federal Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse Legislation
HSLDA urges opposition to a new U.S. Senate bill that would make every American adult a mandatory reporter of child abuse and neglect. This bill would create a police-state reporting environment and could actually harm at-risk children. While the bill appears to have stalled, we encourage you to read more about this dangerous piece of federal legislation.

Calls Needed to Oppose the U.S. Senate’s Big-Government Education Bill
HSLDA urges members and friends to contact their U.S. senators with concerns about efforts to reauthorize the No Child Left Behind Act. As currently written, the legislation could lead to national education standards.

Federal Government Threatens Parental Rights with Early Learning Challenge
HSLDA believes the federal Race to the Top early learning program subverts the constitutional lawmaking process and erodes the authority of parents.

Comment Period on Conscience Regulations Ends September 30
Time is running out for those who wish to speak against proposed government health care regulations that violate the religious convictions of some employers.

Fifth Annual CAP Training Day—October 11
HSLDA is hosting a lobbyist training day to inform our members regarding the battles we currently face in Washington, D.C., and equip them with the tools they will need to come along side us in protecting homeschooling nationwide.

Federal Government Tramples Conscience Protections
HSLDA encourages homeschoolers to express their concern about the narrow religious exemption in new federal health care regulations.

Congress Has an Open Ear this Month
August is here, and members of Congress are heading home for a month in their districts. This is a great opportunity to express your gratitude or frustration and bring up your concerns to the leaders representing you.

U.S. House Committee Looks at Law Limiting Department of Education
H.R. 2117 is in direct response to new Department of Education regulations that were issued last November to add a federal definition of a credit hour and federally restrict the accreditation policies of college and universities.

HSLDA Fights for Homeschooled Military Enlistees
HSLDA helped persuade Pentagon officials to extend a program that places homeschool recruits in the military’s highest enlistment option.

Congress Introduces Legislation to Make American Community Survey Optional
HSLDA has long been concerned about the level of personal information collected and the invasiveness of the American Community Survey. If you share this concern, we urge you to contact your U.S. representative about a bill that would make most of the questions on the survey optional.

U.S. House of Representatives Holds Education Hearing under New Leadership
Witnesses invited to testify by new leadership in the House called for limited government involvement in education and more freedom of educational choice.

U.S. House Votes to Repeal Health Care Law
The House of Representatives voted to repeal the health care reform law, but the measure faces increased opposition as it moves to the Senate.

Financial Literacy Challenge Opportunity
The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the U.S. Department of Education will be offering their 2011 National Financial Capability Challenge March 7–April 8.

U.S. House to Vote to Repeal Health Care Law
HSLDA urges members to call their U.S. representatives and share thoughts about an upcoming vote aimed at repealing the government takeover of healthcare that passed in 2010.

Senate Holds Hearing on CEDAW
Thanks to the efforts of HSLDA’s members and friends, we are confident that for now a dangerous U.N. treaty will not be acted upon by the U.S. Senate.

CEDAW and the International Threat to Homeschool Freedom
Supporters of the UN CEDAW treaty intend to use international law to coerce the restructuring of the family and the role of every man and every woman on the planet.

Colleges Now Required to Determine “Validity” of High School Diplomas
New federal student aid regulations aimed at determining the validity of high school diplomas will not affect homeschoolers as long as they identify themselves as being home—educated.

Department of Education Seeks to Regulate Higher Education
A recently proposed regulation would give the federal Department of Education unprecedented authority over all colleges and universities—even private ones.

Advocacy through Legislation: Proactively Preserving Freedom
Key to protecting your family’s right to homeschool is HSLDA’s monitoring of legislation on the state and federal levels. During the 2010 sessions, we evaluated more than 100,000 pieces of legislation.

Opportunity to Speak Out During August Recess
Congress is in recess, which means now is a good time to visit your representative and senators in their home offices. You can encourage those who have battled to protect parental rights and homeschool freedom while impressing upon others the importance of these issues.

Update: Over 30 States Adopt National Education Standards
Over the past several months, states have been steadily adopting the national education standards that the National Governor’s Association released, making them eligible for additional federal funds. HSLDA views this as an alarming trend.

DISCLOSE Act Halted: Victory for Free Speech!
Your calls helped prevent passage of a bill that would have severely restricted free speech. HSLDA urges members to continue contacting their U.S. senators, however, in case the legislation is revisited after August recess.

Senate To Vote This Week on Supreme Court Nominee
Additional information about U.S. Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan’s career indicates at least one instance in which she opposed homeschool freedom.

Elena Kagan Confirms Her Support for International Law
HSLDA urges our members and homeschoolers nationwide to call their two U.S. senators and express their opinions on the nomination of Elena Kagan for Supreme Court.

Will Elena Kagan use International Law as Supreme Court Justice?
HSLDA urges members to contact their U.S. senators and express their concern regarding the nomination of Elena Kagan for U.S. Supreme Court justice. Kagan’s emphasis on international law could pose a danger to parental rights should she be confirmed.

Another Congressional Attempt to Muzzle Free Speech
HSLDA urges its members to contact their U.S. representatives and ask them to vote against the DISCLOSE Act, which could have a chilling effect on political speech.

Nationalized Education Standards—an Update for Home Educators
Two organizations representing numerous state governors have released education standards in English and mathematics. HSLDA is monitoring the situation to ensure the standards are not forced upon homeschoolers.

HSLDA Co—hosts ESEA Briefing
HSLDA recently urged members of Congress to retain protections for private schools and homeschools as they prepare to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

Chance to Compete in Science & Engineering Festival
Homeschoolers are invited to participate—and compete—in the first USA Science & Engineering festival to be held in Washington, D.C. this October.

HSLDA Applauds Financial Capability Challenge Winners
Nearly 150 homeschooled students scored in the top 20th percentile of the 2010 National Financial Capability Challenge.

Homeschool Leaders Go To Washington
Eighty—three homeschool leaders from 37 states and Puerto Rico recently spent three days in the Washington, D.C. area lobbying members of Congress.

Common Core State Standards Initiative: National Education Standards 2.0
HSLDA has long been fighting attempts to impose national curriculum standards. Consequently, we intend to oppose the new Common Core State Standards Initiative—national curriculum by another name.

Homeschools and Education Savings Accounts
Homeschoolers are still being discriminated against by rules governing Education Saving Accounts, despite efforts by HSLDA to have these federal laws changed.

Calls Needed: Government Home Visitations in the Health Care Reform Bill
We have previously encouraged you to call your U.S. representative and urge him to oppose the health care reform bill which includes a program that threatens parental rights. As the bill may come up for a vote this week, we urge you to continue your calls.

Update on Byrd Scholarship Eligibility for Homeschoolers
Homeschoolers won a major victory last year when the Byrd Scholarship was changed to include home—educated students. Unfortunately, many state departments of education have been slow in incorporating this change into their policies and procedures.

Urgent Calls Needed—Health Care Bill May Be Scheduled for Vote
At the urging of President Obama, Democrat leaders in the House of Representatives have renewed efforts to pass the Senate version of health care reform. HSLDA strongly opposes this legislation.

Early Education: Head Start to Nowhere?
HSLDA believes that the continuing growth of the federal government’s involvement in education is threatening local schools and parents who are trying to do what is best for their children.

Health Care Momentum Slowing
Conflict caused by competing bills and the surprise election of a Republican senator in Massachusetts have slowed federal health care legislation to a near halt.

All I Want for Christmas is…Government—Run Health Care
After months of negotiations and votes, the U.S. Senate’s final vote on the health care overhaul bill is scheduled for around 7:30 p.m. on December 24, Christmas Eve.

Senate Tied up in Health Care Debate
The health care bill being debated in the U.S. Senate has designated $1.1 billion to fund expanded government home visitation programs. This provision poses a huge threat to parental rights and could be voted on at any time.

Calls Needed—House of Reps. to Vote on Health Care
The U.S. House of Representatives will vote on its final version of the health care reform legislation sometime this week. HSLDA opposes this bill because it increases government intrusion into the home and could threaten parental rights.

“Hate Crimes” Included in Troop Funding Legislation
On October 8, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a motion to include “hate crimes” in the National Defense Authorization Act to fund the troops.

Senate Finance Committee Begins Mark—Up—Calls Needed
The Senate Finance Committee will start marking up its version of the health care bill September 22, 2009. Urgent calls are needed to the members of the committee asking that the creation of home visitation programs, in Subtitle I, be taken out of the bill.

Call Now to Oppose Federal Funding for Early Education Programs
The U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to vote today or tomorrow on H.R. 3221, the “Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2009.” This bill should be opposed for numerous reasons.

Enlisting Help
If you want to enlist in the U.S. military as a homeschool high school graduate, there are a few things you need to keep in mind.

Health Care Debate Continues
HSLDA is very concerned about H.R. 3200, the House version of the health care bill, because we see it as a dangerous threat to parental rights.

Congress Goes on August Recess without Voting on Health Care Reform
Congress left Washington, D.C. last week without voting on H.R. 3200, the health care reform bill. But HSLDA is still very concerned about the pending legislation.

Calls Needed to Congress About National Healthcare Bill
Urgent calls are needed to the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate to oppose H.R. 3200, “America's Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009.” Although this bill does not directly impact homeschool freedoms, it would significantly impact parental rights and early childhood education.

Why Government Should Stay out of Early Education
As government increasingly seeks to supplant the private and family spheres, there is yet another form of federal intrusion on the rise: institutionalized early education.

CEDAW and Homeschooling Families
There is another UN convention that may be sent to the U.S. Senate for ratification, and would also threaten home educating families: the UN Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women.

UN Treaty Jeopardizes Homeschool Freedom in Britain
Sadly, HSLDA’s warnings concerning the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child have proven correct in England, where a new report urges restricting homeschooling on the basis of these “rights.”

Is Congress Moving Toward Nationalized Standards?
A recent congressional hearing on education could foreshadow a serious threat to the freedom of homeschoolers nationwide and America’s constitutional tradition of limited government.

Volunteer Service Legislation and Homeschool Freedom
HSLDA has reviewed H.R. 1388, and there is nothing in the bill as passed by both the House and Senate that would threaten the freedom of homeschool families.

HSLDA Hosts CAP on the Hill Lobby Day
Seventeen HSLDA member families met with Federal Relations staff on Capitol Hill for the first Congressional Action Program Lobby Day in the 111th Congress.

Ogden Confirmed as U.S. Deputy Attorney General
On March 12, 2009, David Ogden was confirmed by a 65–28 vote in the U.S. Senate to be the U.S. deputy attorney general.

Homeschool Discrimination Fixed in Byrd Scholarship
As college financial aid offices look to help students afford tuition costs, some homeschoolers are finding out about another scholarship—the Byrd Scholarship—for the first time.

Commission Announces Major Changes to Child Product Safety Rules
After meeting with Consumer Product Safety Commission officials, HSLDA is satisfied that new children’s product regulations will not harm family businesses.

Justice Candidate a Threat to Parental Rights
Homeschool supporters should urge their senators to oppose the nomination of David Ogden for deputy U.S. attorney general. Ogden is a strong advocate of international law, including the UN Convention on the rights of the Child.

Federal Regulators Delay Testing of Children’s Products
The Consumer Product Safety Commission has voted to delay enforcing a portion of new safety requirements regarding certain products for children 12 and under. Specifically, the agency decided to wait a year before requiring manufacturers and importers to test and certify some children’s products.

Army National Guard Opens Doors to Homeschoolers
HSLDA has worked closely with top Army National Guard recruitment officers to ensure homeschool graduates receive equal consideration and have access to a full range of benefits when they enlist.

Why Government Should Stay out of Pre—K
As big government increasingly seeks to supplant the private and family spheres, there is yet another form of federal intrusion on the rise: institutionalized early education.

Join the 2008 Voter Registration Initiative
Generation Joshua and HSLDA are proud to announce an exciting opportunity for anyone who is interested in affecting the outcome of the 2008 election. Along with our national voter registration drive, we will be sponsoring a special voter registration in six key states—where students can win prizes for their efforts.

Hoekstra Receives 110th Congress Friend of Homeschooling Award
On July 31, 2008, HSLDA’s Federal Relations staff presented Representative Pete Hoekstra (MI) with the 110th Congress Friend of Homeschooling Award.

Homeschooler Among Top Award Winners in Financial Literacy Challenge
Eighteen—year—old Texas homeschooler Nicholas Bruno was one of 35 students who earned a perfect score on this year’s National Financial Literacy Challenge. His efforts earned him recognition at a Washington, D.C., awards ceremony and a college scholarship.

Capitol Hill Testimony a Success!
On June 11, Will Estrada, HSLDA’s Director of Federal Relations, testified before the House Committee on Education and Labor in opposition to portions of H.R. 2343, the Education Begins at Home Act.

Navy Recognizes SEAL Recruit’s Homeschool Diploma
In December 2007, Home School Legal Defense Association received word that the United States Navy had finally enlisted North Carolina homeschool graduate Brandon Diaz as its newest SEAL. This much—desired outcome followed on the heels of one last phone call to the Navy from Jeremiah Lorrig, deputy director of HSLDA’s Federal Relations Department.

Education Begins at Home Act (H.R. 2343): Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing
The Education Begins At Home Act (H.R. 2343) establishes a program that brings the government into homes by establishing and growing programs that would bring unelected government officials into homes to inspect the family environment.

Federal Relations Department Hosts National Homeschool Leader Summit
On Wednesday, March 12, over 60 state homeschool leaders from 31 states, came to Washington, D.C., to take part in HSLDA’s National Homeschool Leader Summit, held every two years.

Senator Comments on California Court Decision
U.S. Senator Sam Brownback today applauded the 2nd District Court of Appeal in Los Angeles, California, for its decision to rehear a case involving the rights of parents who choose to homeschool their children.

Congressman ‘Disappointed’ by California Ruling
A prominent congressman on the U.S. House Education and Labor Committee released a statement calling a recent California court ruling an "assault" on the right to homeschool.

Home School Issues: Regarding Rachel L.
HSLDA's Federal Relations Department has been working with many congressional offices as Congress responds to the California Court of Appeal decision on home education, In re Rachel L. HSLDA strongly believes that federal legislation to protect homeschooling would be very dangerous, as it would be a well—meaning attempt that could easily lead to federal control over homeschooling. Rather, we are encouraging a congressional resolution, and also are working with ParentalRights.org to protect the rights of all parents to direct the education and upbringing of their children through a constitutional amendment.

Education Begins at Home Act (S. 667): Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing
The Education Begins At Home Act (S. 667) establishes a program that brings the government into homes by establishing and growing programs that would bring unelected government officials into homes to inspect the family environment.