Experts believe that if the Obama administration successfully forces public schools across the country to grant transgender students access to bathrooms and locker rooms designated for the opposite biological sex, it could lead to an increase in the number of students who are homeschooled or attend private schools.
Last Friday, the departments of Education and Justice sent a directive to all public school districts in the United States telling them that they must allow transgender students into bathrooms, locker rooms and showers that are consistent with their gender identity. If school districts refuse, they could be at risk of losing millions of dollars in federal education funding.
A number of conservative states and school districts have already indicated that they won't obey the edict and will contest in court if the federal government tries to enforce it. Meanwhile, other school districts will obey the order and let biological boys into girls bathrooms, showers and locker rooms, and vice versa. more >>
Two homeschooling families in Ohio could face hefty fines and many years in prison for failing to properly fill out notices of intent with their local school districts.
"Both families said they felt blindsided by these charges after they had taken steps to correct minor paperwork issues, which the school district did not bring to the families' attention for weeks," said attorney Peter Kamakawiwoole with the Home School Legal Defense Association to The Christian Post Tuesday.
"As this litigation is on-going, we are hesitant to discuss their situation in significant detail, beyond saying that the families are preparing for their criminal trials, which were originally scheduled for later this month." more >>
The parents of 10 children are being investigated by a social worker amid claims that they're raising "unsocialized homeschoolers."
"The specific allegation of 'unsocialized homeschoolers' is uncommon," said Michael Donnelly, staff attorney with the Home School Legal Defense Association, to The Christian Post Thursday.
"However, it is not that uncommon for social services investigators and public school officials to express concerns about socialization in connection with children being homeschooled." more >>
American Homeschooling families face at least five threats from the federal government that should cause homeschool parents and supporters to think hard about who they vote for in the 2016 presidential elections, according to a leading home schooling activist.
Will Estrada, a federal lobbyist for the Home School Legal Defense Association, co-chair of the recently established "Homeschoolers for Cruz" coalition and a homeschool graduate, hosted a conference call for homeschool families on Wednesday night and highlighted various ways that federal involvement threatens the power and privacy of of homeschool families.
1. Higher Education more >>
Allegations of sexual misconduct have resurfaced against an Illinois-based minister known for being a prominent voice in the Christian homeschooling movement.
Ten women have filed a lawsuit against Bill Gothard, who formerly oversaw the Institute in Basic Life Principles Christian organization based in Oak Brook, Illinois. The institute is focused on Christian homeschooling and family values.
The lawsuit, filed against Gothard on Wednesday, is an amended version of a previous lawsuit filed against the Christian leader in October 2015.. more >>
Republican presidential candidate and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz announced Monday the launch of the Homeschoolers for Cruz coalition, an alliance of over 6,000 members of America's homeschool community and prominent homeschooling lobbyists who have united to endorse him for president.
Cruz announced the roll out of the coalition at a campaign event in Winterset, Iowa and explained that the coalition is focused on returning power to parent educators. Cruz vowed that if he is elected president, he will personally abolish the Common Core set of education standards.
"If you or I disagree with what some bureaucrat in the federal Department of Education says, you can't change that, and that is not the way it should be," Cruz said in a statement. "I have great faith in the leaders of this coalition, and the passionate supporters of homeschooling who are uniting for this cause — to take back power from the Washington Cartel and to restore choice to the people who know our students best: parents." more >>