March 15, 2001

Home School Lobbyists Target Freshmen and Military Committee Members

For immediate release
March 15, 2001
Contact: Rich Jefferson
(540) 338-8663 or media@hslda.org

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, over 30 volunteer home schoolers are spending the day on Capitol Hill, lobbying over 105 congressional offices. Trained in key lobby skills, these volunteers are members of Home School Legal Defense Association's Congressional Action Program.

Their goal today is to visit the office of every congressional freshman to introduce the representative and his staff to home education and the issues that affect home schoolers.

They will also be visiting all members on the House Armed Services Committee to ask these members to cosponsor the Military Home School Children Equal Access Act of 2001--House Resolution 830. This bill will stop discrimination by the Department of Defense School System against military home school families overseas, allowing these families equal access to auxiliary services in DOD schools.

This morning, HSLDA President Mike Smith opened a briefing for the CAP volunteers with prayer. Caleb Kershner, Manager of Federal Policy and Research for HSLDA's National Center for Home Education, then briefed the group for 30 minutes on the issues that they would be lobbying on for the day. Caleb highlighted the importance of proper etiquette and underlined the impact first impressions can make. He reminded the volunteers that any one of the new congressmen they would visit today "could be tomorrow's president or the next Ted Kennedy." He pointed out how the biggest detractors of home schooling might have felt differently towards this educational choice now if they had been visited by an informed home schooling family when they first entered Congress.

HSLDA's mission is to preserve the blessings of home school liberty for ourselves and our posterity, but the price of liberty is eternal vigilance. The Congressional Action Program is designed to build and maintain solid relationships between home schoolers and our elected officials in Washington, DC.

The CAP program has long been a wonderful opportunity for home schooling families near the capital of our nation, but participation in CAP is not limited to those who live in the DC area. To find out how home schoolers all across America are working together to make CAP successful, click here.