Why Should I Join HSLDA?

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The Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) was founded by two home schooling dads (Mike Farris and Mike Smith), both attorneys, in 1983, to defend the Constitutional right of parents to teach their children at home, and in states where home schooling was actually illegal, their goal was to pass laws to make home schooling legal.  Thanks to HSLDA’s hard work, it is now legal to home educate in all 50 states and member families facing legal troubles related to home education can rest knowing help is just around the corner should it ever be needed.  HSLDA’s support comes from member families who pay less than $100 per year (with the IAHE group discount number) for unlimited legal help, including if necessary, representation in court on matters related to home education.  All of HSLDA’s attorneys are home schooling dads themselves.

HSLDA advocates on the legal front by fully representing member families at every stage of the proceedings.  Each year, thousands of member families receive legal consultation by letter and phone, hundreds more are represented through negotiations with local officials, and dozens are represented in court proceedings.  HSLDA also takes the offensive, filing actions to protect members against government intrusion and to establish legal precedent.  On occasion, HSLDA will handle precedent-setting cases for non-members, as well.

HSLDA advocates on Capitol Hill by tracking federal legislation that affects homeschooling and parental rights.  HSLDA works to defeat or amend harmful bills, but also works proactively, introducing legislation to protect and preserve family freedoms.

HSLDA advocates in state legislatures, at the invitation of state homeschool organizations, by assisting individual states in drafting language to improve their homeschool legal environment and to fight harmful legislation.

HSLDA advocates in the media by presenting articulate and knowledgeable spokesmen to the press on the subject of homeschooling.  HSLDA staff members are regularly called upon for radio, television, and print interviews, and their writings are frequently published in newspapers and magazines across the country.  HSLDA’s own bimonthly magazine, The Home School Court Report, provides news and commentary on a host of current issues affecting homeschoolers. And its two-minutes daily radio broadcast, Home School Heartbeat, can be heard on nearly 500 radio stations.

HSLDA advocates for the movement by commissioning and presenting quality research on the progress of homeschooling.  Whether it’s in print, from the podium, or on the air, HSLDA provides insightful vision and leadership for the cause of homeschooling.

Home School Legal Defense Association…tens of thousands of American families working through more than 50 dedicated staff members to preserve each other’s right to homeschool…together, “Advocates for Family & Freedom.”

Your investment in a HSLDA membership is one of the wisest decision you will make as a home educator.  For more information, contact us or HSLDA at P.O. Box 3000 • Purcellville, VA 20134-9000 • Phone (540) 338-5600 • Fax (540) 338-2733 • Email •  Web site