i’m on a yahoo group where a woman — an american citizen living abroad — posted a question about homeschooling in germany where homeschooling is illegal. a replier to the post shared advice from the home school legal defense association saying that as a US citizen she did not have to comply with foreign homeschooling laws AND because she was living out of the country, she didn’t have to comply with even US state law. now, who would have known THAT with HSLDA?
the Home School Legal Defense Association or 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…members receive legal consultation…are represented through negotiations with local officials, and…are represented in court proceedings.” HSLDA advocates on capitol hill, in state legislatures and in the media.
founded in 1983, HSLDA “employs over 60 staff members in both full and part-time positions” and all nine attorneys are homeschooling dads. after the initial, affordable membership fees there are no other cost even if you have to go to court, although most potential problems are resolved without any court action.
if you’re not sure if you want to join, sign up for their newsletters via email — called their e-lert service — so you can get a feel of all they do legally for the right to homeschool.
check them out: www.hslda.org