Thursday, May 14, 2009

A last minute field trip

Well the winds and rain came last night as expected.  We were spared from hail and tornados, but they hit in northern Missouri.  We had the computer shut off last night, but in the morning I learned that more "stormy weather" for home schoolers had been brewing in our state legislature.

HSLDA Members and Friends,

We urgently need your attendance at a rally tomorrow on the steps of

the Capitol in Jefferson City at 1 p.m. to stop an extremely serious

threat that has emerged with literally no warning.  There is no time

for phone calls or emails to be effective.  We need thousands of

homeschoolers physically present tomorrow!

 This dramatic threat would massively increase government control over

homeschooling.  Every home schooled child (except those in St. Louis

City)--whether 16, 17, 18, 19, or 20-- would be subject to compulsory

school attendance until they could prove to the state's satisfaction

that they had completed "sixteen credits towards high school


 This would suddenly give the state power to control and define what a

home school "credit" is.  It would immediately give the state power to

control what is required for home school graduation.  This would

destroy liberty for homeschoolers in Missouri on an unprecedented

scale and cause unimaginable problems.


 We need 5,000 homeschoolers tomorrow at 1 p.m. on the steps of the

Capitol in Jefferson City to send a message: VOTE NO ON S.B. 291.  Car

pool if possible to make parking easier for others.  Forward this to

other homeschoolers.


 The legislature closes this Friday.  This bill could be voted on late

Thursday or Friday. S.B. 291 posed no threat to homeschoolers until it

was very recently amended to add the credit and graduation provision. 

Immediate action is required.  Families for Home Education (FHE) joins

HSLDA in calling for this rally.  Brad Haines of FHE will lead the


 This is our hour of need.  Can you set everything else aside for

freedom and be ready in a minute, like the minutemen of old?

 Thank you for standing with us for freedom!

A member from my support group emailed that she had room in her van for anyone wanting to attend.  I accepted her generous offer.  My schnickelfritz had the company of five other kids for the 90 minute drive and I didn't have to worry about finding directions or getting lost--what a blessing.  


We rallied under the statue of Thomas Jefferson and then, like the children of Israel, marched one time around the stronghold; believing God would give us the victory.

When I checked this evening, the amendment and bill had both passed.  Homeschoolers now know 100 hours is equivelent to one credit for graduation purposes.  We also received a bonus in the text of the amendment--it is now illegal for anyone other than the county prosecutor to review our records.

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