Governor Whitmer has clarified that her order to “suspend” kindergarten through 12th-grade “in-person” instruction does not interfere with homeschooling in Michigan.

In a statement released last week, our friends at the Great Lakes Justice Center pointed out that the governor’s order could be interpreted as a ban on homeschooling.

Because Michigan parents can educate their children at home as a non-public school, as a homeschool, or both, HSLDA agrees that the order could have been interpreted to apply to those homeschooling as a non-public school.

HSLDA is not aware of any enforcement actions taken to prohibit or otherwise interfere with families homeschooling under either option.

HSLDA does not believe that the governor ever had any authority to suspend or otherwise interfere with non-public schools in Michigan and, to the extent her order sought to do so, was “void ab initio” (a fancy legal term basically meaning invalid to begin with). In their statement, Great Lakes Justice Center also points out that Michigan has an elected school board that is charged with operating public schools.

Here are links for those interested in reviewing the governor’s order relating to education and related Michigan statutes from 1945 and 1976 regarding the governor’s emergency powers.

HSLDA has created a new website to help members of your community cope with now “suddenly schooling at home.” This encouraging website is a great resource you can share with your friends whose children are caught in the confusion caused by the coronavirus.

Although I am disappointed that I will not be seeing you in person at the MiCHN conference in May, we can still see each other virtually as MiCHN is working to create an online alternative to their annual conference.

Please visit www.MiCHN.org for more details.

Together we can and will advance the freedom to homeschool!