Here is a guest post listing some reasons why to join an association that defends your right to homeschool. Don't forget to ask your local homeschool group about defense groups in your state. Enjoy!
Many homeschoolers take for granted the right to teach our children ourselves. Many of us don’t know much about our legal option, or we don’t feel comfortable spending money for legal defense in that off chance someone knocks on the door to conduct an unwarranted search through the home. Besides, who has money to throw around these days?
What many people don’t know, however, is that associations like HSLDA (Home Schooling Legal Defense Association) can protect our rights to homeschool our kids. Answering services provide attorneys for any emergency situation; they don’t have business hours and can come to your aid 24/7.
Even if they can’t protect everyone, HSLDA has come to the aid of thousands of members and nonmembers when, despite what we call the off chance, someone did come knocking. Here are five reasons to join a legal defense association to protect your home, your children, and your rights.
Money is a genuine concern. Fortunately, most legal defense associations cost less than it would cost any of us to get a good attorney anywhere. HSLDA charges a paltry $115 annually. If you qualify for a group discount, such as through the Christian Liberty Academy School System (CLASS), you may pay as little as $8 a month. If you’re in California, the California Home Educators Legal Defense (CHELD) charges only an annual $25 a family.
Many associations keep you up to date with homeschooing news, resources, links, and analysis of relevant issues. No need to go Googling, anymore; it’s all in one place.
If your child or children are having problems, associations like HSLDA have special needs coordinators who can counsel members and supply you with helpful materials.
If you’re interested in homeschooling your child or children through high school, these associations can help you along the way. They not only keep the option to homeschool through high school legal, they offer members advice, resources, and plenty of support to make sure you and your children thrive.
Don’t just use your right to home school—stand up for and support it. The fee helps your defense association come to the aid of others like you. They might even help you one day.
If joining a homeschooling defense association still seems extreme, parents will at least benefit by familiarizing themselves with state homeschool laws.
Indeed, knowledge is power, and Homeschooling is Legal provides parents with a hub of relative information.
Guest Bio: Alexis Bonari is a freelance writer and researcher for College Scholarships, where recently she’s been researching law scholarships as well as law school loans. Whenever she gets some free time, she enjoys watching a funny movie or curling up with a good book.
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