Legislative Alerts

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Colorado Home Schooling Mother Vindicated in Court

Category: Legislative Alerts Date Posted: Sunday, January 20, 2013 By: Mary Rankin

Colorado Homeschooling Mother Vindicated in Court

The Anonymous Tip—Can Children with Learning Disabilities Homeschool?

Staff Attorney Mike Donnelly defends homeschool freedom in Colorado. He and his wife homeschool

When a social services investigator arrived at her house in the fall of 2011, homeschooling mother Josslyn Kittinger (names changed to protect privacy) called Home School Legal Defense Association and spoke with attorney Mike Donnelly. After she politely asked the social worker to leave, as recommended by attorney Donnelly, the social worker complied with her request.

Nevertheless, the social worker did not close the investigation against the family. As it turns out, some of the Kittinger children have learning disabilities, and the social worker—as well...

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Overruled: Government Invasion of Your Parental Rights- The Movie

Category: Legislative Alerts Date Posted: Thursday, March 15, 2012 By: Ronnie McKay

When: Today
Where: On the Internet
What: A 35 minute docudrama by ParentalRights.org, now available to view online and to download.
Cost: Free

The 35 minute docudrama, Overruled: Government Invasion of Your Parental Rights is now available to view online and to download.

http://www.overruledmovie.com/

The doctor... The principal... The judge... YOU are the parent. So why do THEY make all of the decisions?

See the gripping 35-minute online docudrama that reveals real dangers to your own family. See why we must act and how you can help.

This docudrama is extraordinary. Please, please, take the time to not only view it but to download it and share with as many people as possible. Time is of the essence and it is uncertain how long the window of opportunity to work for the Parental Rights Amendment to the Constitution will remain open. This is a grassroots effort and every person who helps us in any way is vital to the ca...

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Call to Action - Legislatively

Category: Legislative Alerts Date Posted: Tuesday, January 31, 2012 By: Mary Rankin

The United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) poses a serious threat to the rights of parents to direct the upbringing of their children, by making the government – not the parent – responsible for decisions that are made for that child.

Colorado's two U.S. Senators have not signed on to co-sponsor S.R. 99 which opposes the ratification of the UNCRC. Our safety net of signatures must increase in case the proponents of the UNCRC are successful and are able to get the UNCRC in the U.S. Senate for ratification.

Please take action and call the two CO Senators and encourage them to sign on to co-sponsor S.R. 99. Feel free to forward this information on to others.

This is not a Republican or Democratic issue. This is an issue for any parent who belie...

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Douglas County Vouchers/Scholarships

Category: Legislative Alerts Date Posted: Sunday, March 27, 2011 By: Ronnie McKay

This report is from Treon Goossen:

I have been questioned about the new voucher program in Douglas County. As with every public school endeavor, it must be carefully monitored for intrusive policies into the nonpublic realm. Even though this is a voluntary program, the numbers of participants can be used legislatively to suggest all home school and private school students in CO need to take the CSAP and be supervised by the school districts. Regardless of how you feel about this issue - that is fact. I know how the system works in CO. I have been involved for 25 years. The current school board members in Douglas County will not always be there. Just as the majority changes in the state legislature.

I will be carefully watching how this continues to develop in Douglas County....

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The Non-Public Education Tax Credit Bill

Category: Legislative Alerts Date Posted: Saturday, March 26, 2011 By: Ronnie McKay

This report is from Treon Goossen:

The nonpublic education tax credit bill has yet to be assigned to the House Appropriations Committee. This bill has been on a roller coaster of supportability. If it comes out of the Appropriations Committee, how it reads then will determine if it can be supported. I have heard of the possibility of negative amendments burdening nonpublic education. This is unacceptable, as was the language placing private schools under state board rules of attendance. That language was thankfully removed in Finance Committee but not without opposition.

This bill has certainly brought discussion to the table, pro and con. It was disturbing to hear some of the legislators express their concerns about lack of accountability in home school and how public school...

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The Third Wave of Homeschool Persecution

Category: Legislative Alerts Date Posted: Wednesday, January 5, 2011 By: Ronnie McKay

In the November/December 2010 "Home School Court Report", a quarterly magazine published by HSLDA, Michael Farris has written an excellent article from a speech he delivered at the Christian Home Educators of Ohio conference in October. Please make every effort to read this link: http://hslda.org/courtreport/V26N6/V26N601.asp as every homeschooler needs to read it. It is imperative to your homeschool freedoms that you are aware of what's coming. But remember, God is still on the throne, He is our protector, and we must never, ever, ever give up. Pray!

The Third Wave of Homeschool Persecution by Michael Farris: http://hslda.org/courtreport/V26N6/V26N601.asp

HSLDA: Notice of Intent Required

Category: Legislative Alerts Date Posted: Thursday, August 5, 2010 By: Ronnie McKay

Dear HSLDA Members:

Families educating their children pursuant to Colorado's homeschool law, Colorado Rev. Stat. sec. 22-33-104.5 are reminded to submit a
notice of intent for students between the ages of 6 and 16. Parents of 6-year-olds who intend to home educate are exempt but must still submit a notification of intent to home educate to a Colorado school district in the year that their children are 6 by August 1. Instruction need not commence, however, until children are 7 years of age. Parents who home educate are not required to instruct students who are beyond the age of 16.

While there is no deadline or date by which you must submit your notice, the law does require that you do so 14 days before the start of your homeschool program and annually thereafter. This means you d...

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Home School - Legislative Alert

Category: Legislative Alerts Date Posted: Friday, February 26, 2010 By: Mary Rankin

Evidence That Government Funded Home School Programs Are Used by Lobbyists to Discredit Parent-Directed Home Schools within the State of Colorado

(The information below is a recap from Ronnie McKay and is taken from the latest update from Treon Goessen. If you do not receive Treon's legislative updates, please request to be on her distribution list. Email her at Treonelain@aol.com.) Mary Rankin can also send you this latest update, in its entirety. It is informative and alarming and should be carefully read and digested by every home schooler. Feel free to email Mary at mkr37@juno.com to have her forward the latest email from Treon in its entirety.

Shortened Recap: On February 25, 2010, during testimony before the Colorado House Finance Committee concerning HB 1295, which was...

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The Hearth Fund

Category: Legislative Alerts Date Posted: Wednesday, August 12, 2009 By: Lynette Lembke

The Colorado HEARTH Fund (Home Educators Actively Revitalizing the Home) is a small donor committee which was created to provide information to citizens in order to defend the interests of the homeschool and Christian community by promoting public policy that defends the values of the homeschool and Christian community.

The HEARTH Fund, http://www.hearthfund.org , aggressively supports candidates who are committed to promoting freedom and morality in government. We must elect legislators who will honor the family unit and recognize parental authority and responsibility. They must uphold our liberty, preserve the sanctity of life, and strive to limit the intrusive growth of government into our individual lives and our families.

In November of 2004, a significant shift took place in th...

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Colorado--Annual Notice to Department of Public Instruction Reminder

Category: Legislative Alerts Date Posted: Friday, August 7, 2009 By: Ronnie McKay

Dear HSLDA members:

For those operating under Colorado's homeschool law, Colorado Rev. Stat. sec. 22-33-104.5, this is a reminder to submit your annual notice of intent for each student between the ages of 7 and 16.

Your notice of intent is due 14 days before the start of your homeschool program and annually thereafter. You may file your notice with any school district in Colorado. The notice must include the names, ages, residence, and hours of attendance of children taught.

We would like to clarify that there is no deadline or date by which you must submit your notice. The law requires that you do so 14 days before the start of your homeschool program and annually thereafter. There is no requirement that the notice be submitted before your local school starts.

We understand ...

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