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    Filed at 5:02 am under by dcobranchi

    Michael Smith makes a pretty good case that HSLDA has outlived its usefulness. Of course, that wasn’t the point he was trying to make. He cites a couple of areas where HSLDA is carrying homeschoolers’ water.

    In Pennsylvania, several families who are home-schooling for religious reasons have had truancy charges filed for failing to comply with the Pennsylvania home-school law. These families are claiming that the law in Pennsylvania burdens their practice of religion.

    …For example, the Veterans Appeals Board in Wisconsin denied monetary benefits to a family whose child was older than 18. The federal regulations provided for continued benefits as long as the child was a member of the veteran’s household and pursuing a course of instruction at an approved educational institution.
    The child continued to be home-schooled past his 18th birthday so he could complete high school at home. The family was in compliance with the Wisconsin home-education requirements. Therefore, we argued that the home-school program met the educational-institution definition.

    A civil case in PA and a couple of Veterans Affairs cases. HSLDA is sounding more and more like MADD- a group that accomplished its raison d’etre and is now in mission creep mode. How many millions does HSLDA take in each year?

    7 Responses to “THAT’S THE BEST HE CAN DO?”

    Comment by
    October 25th, 2004
    at 8:13 am

    About a year ago they had 80,000 members. I don’t know if that is 80,000 x $100, or if when they count members they count the whole family to inflate the numbers. It would make a big diference in any revenue guess.

    That doesn’t count the PAC donations, Patrick Henry College, etc.

    Comment by
    Daryl Cobranchi
    October 25th, 2004
    at 8:59 am

    Even if they had only 20,000 families, $2M is a nice chunk of change for a couple of cases a year.

    Comment by
    October 25th, 2004
    at 10:19 am

    I am a member of HSLDA, and recieve their Court Reporter publication that details HSLDA legal activities around the US. I don’t know the specific number of court cases on average they are engaged in, but it seems like much more than 2, and they certainly provide a great deal of support in terms of guidance and monitoring of specific issues that come up. For example, they will frequently call or write to a local school district to represent a member that is having difficulties of one kind or another.

    Comment by
    Eric Holcombe
    October 25th, 2004
    at 12:22 pm

    Folks, you don’t have to pay the HSLDA. How many millions are spent by the boneheads they take to task across the nation? Millions that are taken from Joe Taxpayer by force. Why are these millions being spent on persecution of less than 2% of the K-12 population?

    Yeah, I’ve done the math on their revenues – divided it by the reported number of employees. I’ve concluded that if this was an easy cash cow, there would be many others out there doing the same thing.

    Frankly, for me it’s worth a hundred bucks to see forty or fifty of these knuckleheads get spanked a year.

    Have they outlived their usefulness? Maybe. Will they one day? Hopefully. I think the “threat” of homeschool growth of late is the source of these cases – where it isn’t personal vendetta. HSLDA (or equivalent) is needed at a minimum to set precedent in these instances.

    We are suspicious of our pediatricians because we homeschool. Do you think you will get a lot of help from your garden variety lawyer if you need it?

    Comment by
    October 25th, 2004
    at 7:22 pm

    … And I personally want to thank everyone who is a member of HSLDA for contributing to our cause in PA. 😉 If it doesn’t work out, just send chocolate to my jail cell in lieu of your HSLDA payment.
    (Plaintiffs of the first law suit in PA)

    Comment by
    October 27th, 2004
    at 4:31 pm

    I live in a county in Texas, not Pennsylvania, where one of the school systems consistently makes truancy claims against homeschoolers. A daytime curfew makes it illegal for my kids to be out and about in the day, even when their school work is done.

    I’m happy to pay the money and hope that I never need the lawyers.

    Comment by
    Joanne aka Happy HSer
    October 28th, 2004
    at 8:02 am

    I have mixed feelings about HSLDA, especially every month when my $9.27 is deducted from my checking.

    I joined when I was in AZ; kept the membership when I moved here to TX. I’m confronted now with THSC membership pressure. I’d join that as well, but the additional $85 a year is better spent on ……food.