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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Lincoln, CA 95648

[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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California Department of Education Lawsuit Raises Questions about Student Records

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NEWSFLASH – February 17, 2016
From:  Roy Hanson and Nathan Pierce — Family Protection Ministries
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Please read the following email from Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) regarding a California Department of Education (CDE) lawsuit that is raising questions about student records.

We at Family Protection Ministries encourage you to read this informative email from HSLDA.

If you have questions about this case, please contact HSLDA for further information.

Home School Legal Defense Association
Phone: (540) 338-5600
Web: http://www.hslda.org

Sincerely,

Roy Hanson and Nathan Pierce
Family Protection Ministries

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California Department of Education Lawsuit Raises Questions about Student Records

Dear Friends of HSLDA:

A recent post on the California Department of Education’s website about a lawsuit has concerned parents around the state.

Entitled “Notice of Disclosure of Student Records,” the post http://www.cde.ca.gov/re/di/ws/morganhillcase.asp reveals that due to a lawsuit filed several years ago by associations representing parents of children with disabilities, the department has been ordered to disclose certain information from its database. Specifically, the department will send personal information on some students to the associations, including information about children with disabilities, children who requested an assessment or who were assessed for special education eligibility, and children who are attending or have attended a California school at any time since January 1, 2008.

The federal court overseeing the lawsuit has already issued a protective order that prevents either party from disclosing any of this personal information to the public or using it for any purpose other than the lawsuit, and requiring all the information to be either returned to the department or destroyed after the suit is done. Additionally, it appears that the department will be using pseudonyms to protect all of the students’ and schools’ information. The federal court required the department to post a notice on its website informing parents of their right to object to the department releasing any information on their children.

For families who have homeschooled their children every year and have never requested a special education assessment, the department will not have any personal information on your children because the affidavit that is filed with the CDE does not have that information.

If you have had children in a California school during the time period involved, and you choose to object to the possible disclosure of information about your children, before April 1, 2016 you can either fill out the form found here http://www.cde.ca.gov/re/di/ws/morganhillcase.asp and mail it in, or you can mail a confidential letter to the judge handling the case. Since the letter must contain very specific information, you should read the instructions carefully if you choose to do a personal letter rather than a form.

If you have questions about this case, please feel free to contact HSLDA for further information.

Mike Smith
President, HSLDA

 

Home School Legal Defense Association
P.O. Box 3000  Purcellville, Virginia 20134-9000
Phone: (540) 338-5600 * Fax: (540) 338-2733 * Email: info@hslda.org
Web: http://www.hslda.org

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Time to File Your Private School Affidavit

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NEWSFLASH – October 1, 2015
From: Roy Hanson – Family Protection Ministries
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Filing the Private School Affidavit (October 1st – 15th)

Every year the Private School Affidavit (PSA) must be filed between October 1st and 15th. If you are enrolled in a Private School Satellite Program (PSP), the school’s administrator files one affidavit for the whole group.

The Private School Affidavit (PSA) is now available on the California Department of Education’s web site at www.cde.ca.gov/sp/ps/rq/affidavit.asp. Private schools, including single-family home-based schools (homeschoolers), can proceed to file their affidavits.

We have reviewed the affidavit in consultation with HSLDA and it appears to be essentially the same as last year.

We urge you to join HSLDA or renew your membership today. HSLDA members who want step-by-step instructions on how to fill out the online PSA form, can visit HSLDA’s website at http://www.hslda.org/hs/state/ca/affidavit/AffidavitInstructions.asp. Any HSLDA members who have related legal questions should contact HSLDA at www.hslda.org or (540) 338-5600.

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Victory – AB 713 Stopped!

JOINT LEGISLATIVE NEWSFLASH – September 3, 2015

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

Bill:  AB 713 (Weber) Mandatory Kindergarten

AB 713 has been stopped in the Senate Appropriations Committee.

We are thankful to God and for all who participated in winning this tremendous victory!

We have strongly opposed AB 713. Thank you for your important prayers and phone calls that played a key part in this victory!

The Senate Appropriations Committee did not vote to approve AB 713 by the deadline for passing bills out of committee this year. AB 713 cannot be acted on again until next year (2016).

AB 713 would mandate Kindergarten for all students before they can enter the first grade, adding another year of schooling before graduation.

AB 713 endangers children by both putting them in harms way of the negative effects of forced earlier entrance into formal education and by removing the current right of parents to protect their children from these dangers.

We at FPM and HSLDA invested a considerable amount of time, energy, and resources in stopping this bill. We worked to educate legislators and their staff on the dangers of AB 713. FPM’s Nathan Pierce led our “on the ground” opposition at the Capitol through meetings, testimony in committee hearings and distributing opposition letters. We appreciate the key role of CHEA and other organizations who worked to obtain this victory.

No further action is required on AB 713 this year.

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Oppose Mandatory Kindergarten – Write Governor Brown

JOINT LEGISLATIVE ACTION ALERT – August 17, 2015
From:  Roy Hanson — Family Protection Ministries and Mike Smith — HSLDA

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

Position:  Strongly OPPOSE

AB 713 passed the entire State Assembly on June 3rd. It must pass a vote of the whole State Senate before going to the Governor. Thank you for taking action on AB 713 to protect the rights of all parents.

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

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. AB 713 is an incremental step toward lowering the compulsory school age and expanding government control over children from birth to adulthood.

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Information Included In This E-mail:

A.  Action Item
B.  Opposition Points
C.  Background
D.  Summary

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A.  Action Item:

Write Governor Brown Now —

Please include the following or similarly worded statement in your letter:

 Pease veto AB 713.

“Last year your veto message of AB 1444, an almost identical bill that would have mandated Kindergarten, stated:

“Most children already attend Kindergarten, and those that don’t may be enrolled in other educational or developmental programs that are deemed more appropriate for them by their families. I would prefer to let parents determine what is best for their children, rather than mandate an entirely new grade level.”

“Please allow parents to continue to make decisions in the best interest of their children.”

You may also refer to the “Opposition Points” below for additional ideas that you could add to your letter.

Mail The Letter To:
      Governor Jerry Brown
      c/o State Capitol, Suite 1173
      Sacramento, CA 95814

 

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 each letter represents the views of 1,000 or more voters within your district. Letters are the best method, even today, of making your opinion known at our state capitol.

 

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 call or 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.

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B.  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.

Research http://www.childandfamilyprotection.org/Early-Childhood-Education-Research-Summaries.html 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 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.

For the sake of your own children, every parent should read “Early Childhood Education: Research Summaries of the Effects of Universal Kindergarten” Updated 2014 at http://www.childandfamilyprotection.org/Early-Childhood-Education-Research-Summaries.html.

AB 713 would diminish the parental rights of all parents.  Under AB 713, parents who choose to delay their child’s entrance into 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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C.  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.

Summary:

*   Rushing children into formal education by effectively lowering the age at which children begin formal education by mandating Kindergarten would exact a heavy toll on the development of many children and would weaken the role of parents in their lives.  This is diametrically opposed to the message parents are routinely given, that parents need to be more involved in their children’s lives.  However, parents cannot be more involved when the state either encourages or requires children to be with their parents for less time.  Research supports later rather than earlier entry of children into institutionalized settings for educational development to be the most beneficial.

*   AB 713 encroaches on 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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This Action Alert was sent out by:

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

For information on how to contact your state assembly member and state senator, please visit: http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov

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