Why Can’t a School Act if an At-Risk Child Is Withdrawn to Be Homeschooled?

When we began our Homeschooling’s Invisible Children database, we quickly noticed many cases where a child was removed to be homeschooled following a concerning history of family services involvement. We recommend creating a background check process to screen for these situations when parents first start homeschooling. We are sometimes asked … Continue reading

Iowa Legislature Hears from Homeschool Organization with a History of Opposing Child Welfare Measures

For Immediate Release: Opposition to homeschool accountability contributes to child abuse deaths like those of Natalie Finn and Sabrina Ray Canton, Ma., 06/05/2017—On Monday, June 5, the Iowa legislature’s Government Oversight Committees are holding a joint hearing on child welfare. This hearing was triggered by the deaths of two homeschooled … Continue reading

Kansas Should Strengthen Its Mandatory Reporter Laws

For Immediate Release: Contact with Mandatory Reporters Could Have Saved Homeschooled Adrian Jones Canton, Ma., 5/18/2017—On Tuesday, May 16th, the Kansas House Committee on Federal and State Affairs heard testimony on House Bill 2425, introduced in response to the tragic 2015 death of seven-year-old Adrian Jones of Kansas City. HB … Continue reading

Fund Our Groundbreaking Homeschool Study!

There are an estimated two million children being homeschooled in the United States today—and researchers, policymakers, and educators have no idea how they’re doing. At a time when education is assessed and measured everywhere, homeschooled kids remain invisible: How are their math skills? Are they reading at the level of … Continue reading

Summer 2017 Internship Program

This summer will be the third year of our summer internship program! In the past, our summer interns have created infographics, developed social media content, written histories of homeschooling in individual states, contributed to ongoing research programs, and conducted policy research. We have enjoyed working with a variety of individuals, … Continue reading

Gov. Burgum: Don’t Remove Homeschool Accountability

For Immediate Release: North Dakota lawmakers should add assessment options, not create loopholes Canton, Ma., 3/27/2017—North Dakota House Bill 1428, which would allow homeschooling parents in the state to opt out of the state’s assessment requirement if they have a philosophical, moral, or religious objection to the use of standardized … Continue reading

CRHE’s Rachel Coleman Testifies in Iowa

For Immediate Release: Iowa lawmakers hear testimony on protections for at-risk homeschooled children Canton, Ma. 03/14/2017—On Monday, March 6th, Rachel Coleman, Executive Director of the Coalition for Responsible Home Education, testified before Iowa Government Oversight Committee Members in Des Moines, Iowa. In January, Iowa Senator Matt McCoy introduced SF 138, … Continue reading

Kentucky Senate Bill 181 Would Create Protections for At-Risk Homeschooled Children

For Immediate Release: Lawmakers should act now to prevent abusive parents from using homeschooling to isolate their children and conceal abuse Canton, Ma. 02/22/2017—Last week, Kentucky Senate Democratic Leader Ray Jones of Pikeville introduced Senate Bill 181, which would prohibit parents found to have abused their children from homeschooling them. … Continue reading