VICTORY – Mandatory Kindergarten Defeated!

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JOINT LEGISLATIVE VICTORY NEWSFLASH – September 8, 2016

From: Roy Hanson–Family Protection Ministries and Mike Smith–HSLDA

Bill: AB 713 – Mandatory Kindergarten Defeated!!!
A Great Victory for Children and their Parents

We Strongly Opposed.

Thank you for your important prayers, letters, and phone calls that made a big difference!

AB 713 was passed by the California State Assembly in 2015, but died in the Senate Appropriations Committee this August (2016) thanks to your prayers and actions.

It is with grateful hearts and thanksgiving to God that this bill was defeated. This is truly an answer to prayer. This important victory should give us all encouragement to stay in California and fight for our freedoms.

We appreciate all who helped with your vital letters, phone calls, prayers, and teamwork support of FPM’s work at the Capitol in Sacramento. FPM’s Nathan Pierce testified in committees against AB 713 on your behalf.

Summary of Concern:

AB 713 was a direct threat to the education and development of children and also would have diminished parental rights by making kindergarten mandatory before taking the first grade. This bill would have forced the addition of one more year to a child’s education.

No further action is required on AB 713.

For more information about AB 713, including why we opposed it, please visit our website. If you haven’t already, please read our paper demonstrating the dangers of early formal education programs, including for example, activities that require close eye focus for young children, including reading, writing, or using a computer or any small screen device like a smartphone. These dangers are not limited to education but can include some recreational activities as well.

Thanks again for your important prayers, letters, phone calls, and teamwork support of this ministry!

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Family Protection Ministries
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Lincoln, CA 95648

Oppose Mandatory Kindergarten – Write Your Senator

JOINT LEGISLATIVE ACTION ALERT August 10, 2016
From: Roy Hanson — Family Protection Ministries and Mike Smith — HSLDA

Bill: AB 713 (as amended) – Mandatory Kindergarten
Author: State Assembly Member Weber

Position: Strongly OPPOSE

Status: AB 713 passed the entire State Assembly on June 3rd 2015. It is in the second Senate committee where it is being held indefinitely unless called up for a special vote. If it passes out of committee, it would be voted on by the whole State Senate before going to the Governor.

AB 713 is one of the dangerous incremental steps toward lowering the compulsory school age and expanding government control over all children from birth to adulthood, gradually reducing the role of parents to that of caretakers.

Your letter to your State Senator opposing AB 713 is very important — we need as many no votes as possible in the Senate to help influence the Governor to veto AB 713, as it will likely pass the Senate if it comes up for a vote.

Quickly pass this alert on to others who might respond and then take the suggested action below.

We are monitoring AB 713 daily and Nathan Pierce of Family Protection Ministries has visited legislators and is attending every hearing regarding this bill.

Summary of Concern:

Under current law, parents can choose to have their child skip Kindergarten and begin at the 1st grade. AB 713 would eliminate this current parental choice by mandating that every child attend Kindergarten for one school year before they could be admitted to the first grade. This would go into effect at the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year.

Action Item:

WRITE A BRIEF LETTER to the member of the California State Senate who represents your district, asking them to oppose AB 713 and any similar bills in the future.

Why are Letters Best?

Letters have proven to be the most effective method of communicating your opinion on a legislative bill. Many assume that an email is the most effective way to express your opinion, but this is not true. Because emails are easily and usually ignored, letters and calls are significantly more effective. Often there have not been enough letters being sent to make a large enough impact. It is considered that your letter represents the views of more than 1,000 voters within your district.

Thank you in advance for taking this crucial action on AB 713 to protect the rights of all parents.

Notes:
Always contact legislators as a parent and citizen. This bill affects all families with children.
• This is not an exclusively homeschool issue. Do not write as a homeschooler.
Do not disclose the source of this Alert. All bills are available on the Internet.
• Pass this on to your friends, church, school, and group.
• Pray for a proper outcome.

Using the suggested format below, ask your Senator to vote no on AB 713. Even though not necessary, you may use some of the “Opposition Points to Share with Legislators” below for additional points that you could include. Please mail your letter, as emails are commonly ignored. (Be sure to include your full address and print or type your first name and last name below your signature.)

Here is a link to find out which State Senator represents your district
http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov/

For your letter in the Action Item above, please use the following format:

The Honorable (their first & last name)
Senate
State Capitol
Sacramento, CA 95814

Dear Senator (their last name),

Please vote no on AB 713 (by Weber). I oppose mandatory Kindergarten, which effectively lowers the compulsory attendance age to 5. Please also oppose any future bills that mandate Kindergarten.

Thank you.

Sincerely,

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(Your first and last name typed or printed)
(Your full address)

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Other Information Included In This E-mail:

A. Opposition Points
B. Background
C. Summary
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A. Opposition Points:

AB 713 would damage children. Beginning formal education at age 5 or younger causes unintended harmful consequences to children, some of which last a lifetime. Research* indicates that early formal childhood education not only causes both physical and behavioral long-term problems but that it also does not improve the child’s potential for being a better student later on.

*We strongly urge you to read “Early Childhood Education: Research Summaries of the Effects of Universal Kindergarten.” http://www.childandfamilyprotection.org/Early-Childhood-Education-Research-Summaries.html. This research demonstrates that:

Gains experienced by children who began their formal education at age 5 (or younger) disappear in just a few years.

These same children, however, experience long-lasting adverse effects on their physical, behavioral, and educational development, including an increased difficulty getting along with others, life-long vision impairment, and for many, detriments to mathematics and nonacademic readiness skills.

Boys are especially damaged by early entrance (age 5 and younger) into formal education. Boys’ cognitive and verbal skill development significantly lags behind that of girls at this age. As a result, boys do not do as well in the early years, at which time many experience failures leading to frustration and, for some, substance abuse and later criminal behavior.

AB 713 would diminish the parental rights of all parents. Under AB 713, parents who choose to delay their child’s entrance into formal education by skipping Kindergarten would be forced to undergo a time and financial penalty of adding a year of required schooling before graduation. Enrollment into Kindergarten prior to the first grade must remain optional for parents.

AB 713 would decrease beneficial parental contact with their children. An extra year of development outside of school can be critical for a child at this early age. Carl Zinsmeister, Adjunct Research Associate at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, says, “Declining parental attachment is an extremely serious risk to children today. The verdict of enormous psychological literature is that time spent with the parent is the very clearest correlate of healthy child development.” Parents should continue to have the authority to decide what is best for their children.

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B. Background

Under AB 713, parents who would have chosen to delay their child’s entrance into formal education and skip Kindergarten, would be forced to choose between either:
(a) starting their child’s formal education one year earlier, before they feel it is best for their child, or
(b) graduating their child a year later than they would under current law.

This is because 13 years of schooling would be required under AB 713 rather than the current 12 years of schooling.

The requirements of AB 713 would apply to all pupils in both public schools and in private schools, including homeschools.

Advocates of extending government control of all children from birth would be able to use passage of AB 713 as an incremental step toward establishing seamless, cradle-to-grave government-controlled education and development programs for all children.

Passage of AB 713 would be followed by the next incremental legislative step — making institutionalized preschool (pre-Kindergarten) for every 3 and 4 year-old child universally available to all children and then the next step – making it universally mandatory for every 3 and 4 year-old child.

C. Summary:

Research supports later rather than earlier entry of children into structured educational programs to be the most beneficial.

AB 713 is an attack upon the fundamental right of parents to direct the upbringing and education of their children. It ignores the long-standing presumption that parents act in the best interest of their children, by requiring parents to enroll their children in Kindergarten rather than allowing them the choice specified in current law. It disregards the parent’s understanding of what would be the best course of action for his own child’s education and development. It is a detrimental one-size-fits-all mandate that would be forced upon all children by the government.

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Roy Hanson and Nathan Pierce
Family Protection Ministries
PO Box 730
Lincoln, CA 95648

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SCOPE and CHEA Conference

NEWSFLASH -May 23, 2016
From: Roy Hanson and Nathan Pierce – Family Protection Ministries
Subject: SCOPE and CHEA Conference
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Homeschool Conference and Exhibit Hall

Family Discipleship Homeschool Conference and Curriculum Fair
June 9th – 11th, 2016

Location: William Jessup University 333 Sunset Blvd., Rocklin, CA 95765

Hosted by SCOPE and CHEA

Come renew your vision, refresh your spirit, and regain your passion!

Experience hands-on the Exhibit Hall’s vast resources of curriculum and other helpful products.

This inspiring conference features speakers with decades of their own homeschool experience to share.  Workshop sessions cover a wide range of subjects from practical teaching tips to parenting and discipleship.

Nathan Pierce will be hosting some workshops.  Look for him, his wife Betsy, and their children at the FPM booth.

For more conference information, a list of speakers, and to register click here.   To save $10 on your registration be sure to register by May 25th!

Remember to Vote!

NEWSFLASH – May 19th, 2016
From:  Roy Hanson — Family Protection Ministries
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On Tuesday, June 7th, between 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., we have the opportunity to go to the polls, exercise our God-given responsibilities and rights, and send a message concerning the direction that our government should take over the course of the next few years. The moral fabric of our nation and our liberties are in great peril.
Are you properly registered to vote for the upcoming June 7th Primary Election? You or your eligible children should (re)register if:
  • you have moved or changed your name since the last election in which you voted
  • you are unsure if you are properly registered
  • your child or you will turn 18 years old by the next election
The deadline for registering to vote is this coming Monday, May 23rd.
Registration Details 
Registration forms are available at a variety of places: libraries, post offices, city halls, many county offices, and offices of political candidates and political parties. There is no way to register on-line and we do not recommend requesting a voter registration form on-line from the Secretary of State’s office. This on-line request process is cumbersome and could take up to 30 days just to get your blank registration form in the mail.
Your signed and completed voter registration form for your current address must be received by the Registrar of Voters no later than May 23rd to be eligible to vote in the upcoming Primary Election on June 7th. The earlier you register to vote, the more likely you are to receive your voter pamphlet and sample ballot in time to prepare to vote.
Voting by Absentee Ballot (also known as “Vote-by-Mail ballot”) 
Voting by absentee ballot allows you to take your time when marking your ballot, and vote wherever is convenient for you, such as your home. It also assures you that no last minute emergency will keep you from casting your important vote.
 
Absentee ballots for the important June 7th Primary Election must be requested by May 31st. May 31st is the last day that the Registrar of Voters will accept requests through the mail for absentee ballots.
If you want an absentee ballot and have not registered to vote yet, please register as soon as possible so that you can complete the absentee ballot process before Election Day, June 7th. 
 
Here are some ways to request an absentee ballot:
  1. You can fill in the absentee ballot request on the back of your sample ballot. 
  2. You can request Permanent Absentee Voter status on this same form. If you have already done this, you should have already received your absentee ballot by mail.
  3. You can also obtain an absentee ballot from your county’s Registrar of Voters in person up to and including June 7th.
  4. You can request an absentee ballot by letter or fax from your county Registrar of Voters. When making your request, include the following information:
a)    a short statement saying that you are requesting an absentee ballot
b)    your name as you are registered to vote
c)    your legal (physical) address, as registered
d)    the address to which you want the absentee ballot mailed
e)    your contact phone number
f)     your date of birth
g)    your signature
If you forget to mail in your absentee ballot on time, you can hand deliver it to your local or any polling place in the county in which you are registered or turn it in to your county Registrar of Voters before 8 p.m. on Election Day, June 7th. If you need someone else to hand deliver your absentee ballot, you may authorize a relative or a person residing at your address to do so by filling out the appropriate spot on the envelope that accompanies the ballot that you received by mail.
Additional questions about absentee ballots can be answered by your local Registrar of Voters, which you can locate by clicking here.
Important Election Dates
  • May 23, 2016 – Last day that the Registrar of Voters will accept new registrations to vote in the June 7, 2016 Primary Election.
  • May 31, 2016 – Last day that the Registrar of Voters will accept mailed requests for absentee ballots. However, you can obtain an absentee ballot from your county’s Registrar of Voters in person up to and including June 7th.
  • June 7, 2016 – ELECTION DAY! Be sure to vote to defend your precious freedoms!
Information about voting and elections is also available at the web site for the Secretary of State: www.sos.ca.gov.
Other Important Items:
If you do not have enough information to vote on a particular issue or office, you can leave that space blank and vote on the rest.
Initiatives/propositions, such as many so-called campaign reform measures, are not always what they appear to be. All bond issues, for example, involve government borrowing at interest from the future, putting additional burdens of indebtedness on our children rather than living within our means. When there are initiatives/propositions on your ballot, read each proposition carefully, including the “for and against” positions before voting.
Beware of Slate Mailers! “Slate mailers” are election pieces that list a number of candidates and/or propositions to vote for or against. Some slates are legitimate and very helpful, but many are deliberately designed to deceive voters. For example, one slate in a previous election looked like it came from one political party, but it had several ballot propositions listed with positions opposite of that party. Any candidates or propositions with an asterisk by them have paid to advertise on that slate. You may want to consider throwing slate mailers out unless you are convinced that you know the philosophy of the people who produced them and you agree with that philosophy.
It is easier to be involved in electing good legislators than it is to fight every bad piece of legislation that comes up in the course of a year.
Be a faithful steward of the freedoms God has entrusted to us. Protect your rights and liberties – get involved in the election process. Register to vote, support good candidates, and vote on June 7th.
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Family Protection Ministries
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San Diego Conference and Legislative Update

NEWSFLASH – March 29, 2016
From:  Roy Hanson and Nathan Pierce — Family Protection Ministries
Subject: San Diego Conference and Legislative Update
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Homeschool Conference

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Homeschool conference in San Diego April 15th -16th

hosted by Heritage Christian School

Equipping parents to disciple their children from a Biblical worldview
while fully developing their individual
God-given talents and academic aspirations

FPM’s Nathan Pierce will be speaking at this event, and his wife Betsy will be with him at the FPM booth. Please consider attending this event.  We hope to see you there!

Conference Information

Register Now

General registration – $25/person plus $15/spouse

 

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Legislative Update

The California Legislature has been working frantically to write and rewrite a myriad of bills.  We are continuing to work hard to evaluate hundreds of bills to see if they would affect private homeschooling and parental rights in California.

We continue to strongly oppose and closely watch AB 713 (Mandatory Kindergarten).  Last year, AB 713 failed to pass and was put on hold.  It is unlikely that AB 713 will move forward before this summer, but it could happen at any time. No action is needed now. For more information, see our last action alert on AB 713.

If AB 713 or any other bill dangerous to homeschooling or parental rights moves forward and needs action, we will send out action alerts to those on our email list. Click here to find out how to receive our email alerts and updates.
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[CHEA Convention] Early Bird Pre-registration Ends Thursday

Please read this important message from CHEA and forward it to your friends.

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33rd Annual CHEA Convention
July 7-9, 2016

 

Early Bird Pre-registration for CHEA Members Open February 19-25

These are our best prices in ages, and we don’t want you to miss them! CHEA Members can take advantage of Early Bird Pre-registration for the amazing price of just $35 for the entire family. From February 19-25 you can register online or by calling the office between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. but  9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, February 25 at 562-864-2432. Regular pre-registration begins February 26 and continues through May 27.

Family price includes regular Convention registration July 7-9, and that’s the entire Convention, not just one day. Children’s Convention and Teen Convention registration are extra.

We are making pricing super simple for everyone this year. Come help us make this a great year for CHEA and for California homeschoolers at the Pasadena Convention Center.
Website.

 

Teen Convention Details Set

Have a teenager who is growing in independence and needing some practical life skills? Whether they have a few more years at home or are on the cusp of moving on, this conference is for them.

Sign them up for this year’s Teen Convention July 8-9 at the Pasadena Convention Center. For just $39 per student, they’ll get the scoop on taking care of their health, car, and spiritual health, as well as learning some job-hunting tricks.
Read more.

 

Graduation Registration, Information

Your hard-working senior deserves a great graduation. Join other homeschoolers at a high school graduation ceremony July 9 at the Pasadena Convention Center.  Read more.

Through a special arrangement with the Adventures of Rush Revere Series, copies of the Rush Revere and the First Patriots will be given away to CHEA Convention attendees.
More information here.

 

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California Legislature: New Bills Pouring In

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JOINT LEGISLATIVE NEWSFLASH – February 18, 2016

From:  Roy Hanson — Family Protection Ministries and Mike Smith — HSLDA

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New legislative proposals are beginning to pour in for the 2016 California legislative year, which began January 4th.

In partnership with Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA), Family Protection Ministries (FPM) continues to daily monitor every piece of legislation introduced or amended throughout this 2015-2016 two-year session.  Working together, we respond to any legislation that could affect private home schooling or any associated parental rights.

We continue to strongly oppose and closely watch AB 713 (Mandatory Kindergarten).   AB 713 worked its way through the California State Legislature to the Senate Appropriations Committee, where it failed to pass and was put on hold last year.  AB 713 would need to be approved by the Appropriations Committee and then by the whole State Senate before going to Governor Brown for his signature.  Based on previous bills in this situation, it is unlikely that AB 713 will move forward before this summer, but it could happen at any time.  No action is needed now.  We will send out an email Action Alert just as soon as AB 713 starts to move forward again.  It is critical that this bill be defeated.  For more information about AB 713, see our last action alert on AB 713.

FPM and HSLDA work together to identify potentially threatening legislation that could impact the freedom of private home education in California.  We closely analyze every bill we have identified as troublesome.  After we have determined the best strategy, we go into action.  As needed, we contact you through our email Alerts and websites, asking for your crucial help in contacting your state legislator.

It is critical that we continue to be as vigilant as ever in California.  The liberal control of California state government can be discouraging and challenging.  But we know that, as God has done in the past, He will bless your prayers, support, and calls to your state legislators.  It is a privilege to work in teamwork with you and with CHEA and other organizations to preserve our freedoms.

 

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