New Hampshire House Bill 1650 Would Legalize Educational Neglect

For Immediate Release: Removing failure to educate from the definition of a neglected child would remove only layer of accountability remaining for homeschoolers Canton, Ma., 01/15/2018—New Hampshire House Bill 1650, which would remove “failure to provide the education required by law” from the state’s definition of a neglected child, would … Continue reading

Thirteen Starved, Chained California Children were Homeschooled

For Immediate Release: Lax homeschool laws give parents the ability to isolate their children, hide abuse Canton, Ma., 01/16/2018—The Coalition for Responsible Home Education (CRHE), a national nonprofit group that advocates for homeschooled children, has learned that the thirteen Turpin children, found emaciated and chained in a home in Perris, … Continue reading

Florida Lawmakers Should Support Homeschooled Children, Not Leave Them Adrift

For Immediate Release: Proposed legislation would limit protections for a homeschooled children when they are needed most Canton, Ma., 01/11/2018—The Coalition for Responsible Home Education (CRHE), a national nonprofit that advocates for homeschooled children, has concerns about House Bill 731 and Senate Bill 732, which would limit school districts’ authority … Continue reading

New Hampshire Lawmakers Have the Opportunity to Support Homeschooled Students

For Immediate Release: HB 1263 Would Restore Needed Accountability for New Hampshire’s Homeschoolers Canton, Ma., 01/10/2018—The Coalition for Responsible Home Education (CRHE), a national nonprofit organization that advocates for homeschooled children, supports New Hampshire House Bill 1263, which would restore accountability to the state’s homeschool law. “The New Hampshire legislature … Continue reading

Jesse M.: “Some of these things would most likely not have been done if they were not required”

“I am grateful that a minimal amount of planning was required at the beginning of the school year and that some type of assessment was required at the end of each school year. I’m also grateful that medical checkups were required. Some of these things would most likely not have … Continue reading

Rebecca A.: “I feel I have been denied the opportunity to live up to my potential”

“My days revolved around taking care of my siblings and our home. Our mother would leave her bedroom periodically to yell at us for being too noisy and messy. I spent most of my teenage years being overwhelmed and depressed.” I attended Christian (Protestant) schools through most of my education, … Continue reading

NCES Data Points to Changing Homeschool Demographics

Every four years, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) conducts its National Household Education Survey. Beginning in 1999, the NCES has collected data on homeschooling as part of this survey. This data offers the most comprehensive statistical information we have on homeschooling in the United States. Last month, the … Continue reading

Factless Attack on Facts Falls Flat: A response to Joel Kurtinitis’ Op-Ed in the Des Moines Register

Joel Kurtinitis’ opinion piece, “Attacks on homeschooling are short on facts,” published in the Des Moines Register on September 8, 2017, was missing some facts of its own. Kurtinitis claimed that the “neither the Federal Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities nor the Mayo Clinic mentions homeschooling in … Continue reading

Savannah Leckie’s Death Implicates Missouri’s Lax Homeschool Oversight

For Immediate Release: The death of a Missouri teen raises questions about the lack of protections for homeschooled children in the state Canton, Ma., 08/29/2017—Earlier this month, the ashes of sixteen-year-old Savannah Leckie’s body were found concealed on a farm in a rural area of Missouri. Authorities believe Rebecca Ruud, … Continue reading

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