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(Non-HSLDA cases are marked with an “ * ”)

January — South Dakota: HSLDA worked with South Dakota home schoolers to defeat legislation requiring all home school teachers to be state-certified by the year 2000. The sponsor withdrew H.B. 1262 after being informed of its potential constitutional problems by HSLDA attorneys.

January 11 — Virginia: Following arguments from HSLDA, the Prince William County Circuit Court ruled in favor of the Berlin family. The court decided that home school parents who are certified teachers may operate under the certified tutor statute rather than the more restrictive home school statute. An official memo from the state superintendent to school districts applied the decision across the state.

February — Illinois: Senate Bill 159, “Parents as Teachers” legislation was defeated because of the work of HSLDA, pro-family legislators, and Illinois families. This bill would have given authority to the state board of education to implement mandated, humanistic parenting programs and home visits for all families.

February — Virginia: Alerted by HSLDA, Virginia home schoolers were able to derail legislation which would have repealed the home school religious exemption statute. Contributing to their successful efforts, HSLDA commissioned a study of students’ test scores demonstrating the academic excellence produced by families home schooling under the religious exemption statute.

Febuary 15-24 - Washington, D.C.
Armey's office after H.R. 6

February 15-24 — Washington, DC: In a now-famous week-long battle over House Resolution 6, home schoolers demonstrated to Congress the power of grassroots political action. A provision in H.R. 6 would have threatened the existence of private and home schools by requiring all teachers to be certified in each subject they teach. After over one million calls from concerned parents poured into Capitol Hill and literally shut the phone lines down, the House voted 424—1 to delete the onerous teacher certification provision and voted 374—53 to add Rep. Dick Armey’s (R-TX) “Home School/Private School Freedom Amendment” to H.R. 6. The Armey amendment specifically excluded home and private schools from any federal control of education codified by H.R. 6.

March 1 — Texas: Tarrant County Judge Scott Moore dismissed a Child Protective Services motion to prosecute a family who refused to cooperate with a child abuse investigation based on an anonymous tip. Michael Farris defended the family before the county juvenile court, resulting in the dismissal of all allegations and a new precedent which will help HSLDA protect other home schoolers.

March 12 — West Virginia: Governor Gaston Caperton signed House Bill 4546, which provided home schooling families with two evaluation alternatives to standardized testing requirements and allowed students who fall below the 40th percentile mark three years to catch up instead of two.

March 28 — Tennessee: With encouragement from the Tennessee Home Education Association, the state legislature passed Senate Bill 1159, which eliminated the bachelor’s degree requirement for home school teachers affiliated with a Tennessee church-related school.

April 6 — Illinois: The Illinois Appellate Court ruled in favor of a home schooling mother who had lost custody of her child based on her decision to home school in the case, In re Marriage of Riess. HSLDA provided financial assistance and legal advice in the appeal.

April 14 — Colorado: Governor Roy Romer signed Senate Bill 4, a new home school law drafted by HSLDA attorneys, which eliminated written notification and relaxed testing requirements.

April — Maine: HSLDA attorneys protected the Green family from a potential lawsuit brought by the Maine Commissioner of Education over the legitimacy of home-based, non-approved private schools.

April — The National Collegiate Athletic Association decided that it will accept home schoolers by waiving the initial eligibility requirements on a case-by-case basis. However, the burden of proving home school success rests on the shoulders of the student athlete.

May — Kansas: Senate Bill 560, a proposal which would significantly increase regulation of home schooling, died in committee thanks to the hard work of home school families alerted by Christian Home Educators Confeder-ation of Kansas and HSLDA.

June 15 — Texas: After an almost 10 year legal battle, the Texas Supreme Court ruled in favor of the home schooling parents in the Texas Education Agency, et al. v. Leeper, et al. case. This landmark ruling reaffirmed the legality of home schools to operate as private schools without regulation.

June — Delaware: After being notified by HSLDA, Delaware home schoolers were able to defeat House Bill 493 which would have required all public and private schools to give instruction on modern human rights issues, as determined by the state board of education.

July 5 — Oregon: The National Home Education Research Institute released A Nationwide Study of Home Education in Canada.

August — Nevada: HSLDA, together with the Northern Home School Advisory Council, objected to an attempt by the state department of education to require home school students to take the writing proficiency examination developed for public school students. After the Attorney General denounced the testing requirement, the state education department rescinded it.

September — New York: HSLDA attorneys defended the Brown family’s religious freedom in negotiations with the Commissioner of the Department of Social Services. All charges against the family were dropped and the parents were removed from the child abuse registry.

October — Washington, DC: In response to an alert from HSLDA, home schoolers from around the nation bombarded their senators’ offices with phone calls and letters opposing the U.N. Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women and the 1994 Lobbying Disclosure Act. Following widespread public opposition, the Lobbying Disclosure Act was defeated and the Convention was put on hold for the rest of the 103rd congressional session.

December — Utah: Under pressure from HSLDA attorneys, the Granite School District dropped its requirement that school officials monitor home schools.

Now read about the year 1995.