Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA)
HSLDA is a nonprofit advocacy organization established to defend and advance the constitutional right of parents to direct the education of their children and to protect family freedoms. Through annual memberships, HSLDA is tens of thousands of families united in service together, providing a strong voice when and where needed. Visit HSLDA’s web site to see the scope of HSLDA’s advocacy: www.HSLDA.org.
NCHEA has a strong working relationship with HSLDA and encourages all homeschooling families to join HSLDA. HSLDA membership is like fire insurance; you hope you never have to use it but are extremely grateful for the insurance when you have a need for it. Like fire insurance premiums, your premium dollars will benefit others in their time of need and the premiums of others will benefit you in your time of need.
Families with special needs children who are withdrawing their child from a public school are strongly encouraged to join HSLDA before withdrawing their child, because special needs students represent a significant source of state and/or federal subsidy dollars to the public schools. Accordingly, public school(s)/officials may take steps to prevent withdrawal and/or attempt to intimidate parents from removing their child. Also, families that have had conflicts with school officials should seriously consider joining HSLDA prior to withdrawing their child.
NCHEA members are eligible to join HSLDA or renew their membership in HSLDA at a $15 discount off the annual $130 HSLDA membership fee. Membership in HSLDA is solely at the discretion of HSLDA. Please note that once a homeschooling family has experienced or is involved in an unfavorable or an adversarial contact by officials, HSLDA may not accept the family’s membership application.
A family applying for membership in HSLDA must indicate on HSLDA’s application that it is a member of the NCHEA Group Discount Program by placing the Code #293207 on HSLDA’s application.
An HSLDA application can be accessed at: www.HSLDA.org.
Ready to Begin?
BeginningHomeschooling.org has great articles about almost every aspect of homeschooling. It is also a great place for your friends in other states to find out about home education in their area. This site provides state-specific homeschool information and points families to local educational resources. Encourage your friends to become active in their state homeschool organization as it works to protect the right to homeschool in their state.
National Home Education Research Institute (NHERI)
The National Home Education Research Institute conducts and collects research about homeschooling and publishes the research journal called the Home School Researcher. The institute has hundreds of research works documented and catalogued on homeschooling, many of which were done by NHERI.
Their website can be found at www.nheri.org.
Will you defend your rights?
The precious child-parent bond is under attack. Most seriously, it is being threatened by international law, which puts government bureaucrats first and parents last in dealing with kids.
NCHEA is a firm advocate of parental rights. We believe the best way to protect children and their parents is an amendment to the U.S. Constitution. We encourage all people to sign the petition and support parentalrights.org. This organization brings together everyone who agrees that the vital role of parents in the lives of children should not be undermined by government action or policy.
Children need parents—will you join us to protect this crucial relationship?
Do you have children with special needs?
NATHHAN is a Christian organization of parents who are homeschooling children who have special needs or disabilities. Their mission is to encourage and equip these parents. They can be found at www.nathhan.com. HSLDA also has many helpful articles and resources on their website.