Originally Sent: 4/17/2014
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TEACH-CT an Invaluable Partner in Protecting Homeschool Freedom
Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:
When I came to HSLDA in November of 1990, the Connecticut State Board of Education had just adopted a policy that was very beneficial to home educators. Up until that time, the legal status of homeschoolers was dependent on the various interpretations of Connecticut’s compulsory attendance statute stating that a child had to attend public school “unless the parent or persons having control of such child is able to show that the child is elsewhere receiving equivalent instruction in the studies taught in the public schools.” This vague standard raised all sorts of questions about what was meant by the term “equivalent instruction,” particularly as it related to teacher qualifications and course content. But the State Board’s policy resolved this issue by stating that if parents would simply notify their local school district that they were homeschooling and then participate in a portfolio review at the end of the year showing that they were teaching the required subjects, this would satisfy the “equivalent instruction” requirement. Your state homeschool organization, The Education Association of Christian Homeschoolers (TEACH-CT) played an important role in bringing about the adoption of this favorable policy.
I have been blessed to continue to work closely with leaders in TEACH-CT during the more than 23 years I have been at HSLDA. TEACH-CT is an invaluable partner working with us to preserve your freedoms, both in the areas of homeschooling and parental rights. Their involvement in helping to significantly improve the legal climate for home educators more than two decades ago is but one example of their persevering commitment to families who have chosen homeschooling as the best educational option for their children.
HSLDA believes that state and local homeschool organizations are vital to the continued success of homeschooling. These organizations are the first line of defense in monitoring legislation and building favorable relationships with governmental bodies. No less important is the work these organizations do in supporting and encouraging homeschooling families by providing them with information, resources, and networks of fellow homeschoolers. So it is surprising that TEACH-CT has only about one-third of the number of members that HSLDA has in Connecticut. We encourage all of our members and friends in Connecticut to join and support TEACH-CT in order to benefit from all they do and to ensure that they continue as a viable and effective organization. To learn more about TEACH-CT and to become a member, please go to www.teachct.org.
I hope to see you next weekend at MassHOPE’s 25th annual convention in conjunction with TEACH-CT in Worcester, Massachusetts.
Dewitt T. Black, III
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