For many on the outside looking in, the newly purposed House bill H.R.610 looks like a win for homeschooling families and their supporters. It looks like those who have been unable to afford private, or homeschooling will now be given this option. So, why are these people opposed to the bill?
Well, there is that one lingering problem with the bill; federal involvement in homeschooling.
Many parents who homeschool their children, as well as their numerous local and national homeschooling organizations, are protesting the bill, introduced by Iowa Rep. Steve King (R), and calling upon the members of Congress who are its sponsors to “leave homeschooling families alone.”
School vouchers created by H.R. 610, the Choices in Education Act of 2017, “would be a slippery slope toward more federal involvement and control in homeschooling,” asserts William Estrada, director of federal relations for the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA).
So, why does Estrada say this? It can be demonstrated that any time a law is passed by the federal government to protect in an area that is beyond its God-ordained sphere of authority, that same law can be used to beat or control. The seeds of destruction for homeschoolers’ liberty is present in this bill in the registration of these homeschoolers.
Estrada asserts the bill would essentially create a “federal right to homeschool.” Section 104 of the bill states, “To be eligible to receive a grant…the State will…make it lawful for parents of an eligible child to elect…to enroll their child in any public or private elementary or secondary school in the State; or to home-school their child.”
While this sounds good, HSLDA has fought — successfully—for decades to make sure that there is no “federal right to homeschool” because what could be created by a favorable Congress could be regulated by a future, hostile Congress. It is far better (and far more constitutionally sound) for education decisions—and homeschool freedom—to be protected at the state level. We ask our friends at the federal level to simply leave homeschooling families alone.
Is Estrada correct? Can this favorable bill be used by a future hostile left to control and maintain the homeschoolers? Will they be regulated into the same stupid curriculum that is destroying the minds of millions of children in our public schools?
I believe that he is, and though it is in our best interest to find a solution to the public school monopoly, this is not that solution. We need a return of liberty and not more federal regulations.