Ironically, the more homeschooling becomes a choice that more people make, the opposition grows too. In early spring, we notified our followers of the Harvard Homeschool Summit that would be held on June 18, sponsored by the Harvard school of law. It featured law professors, and representatives of other organizations, all who want to see tighter restrictions and more oversight for homeschooling parents-yes even in NY! There has been a tremendous amount of pushback against this one-sided,  “invitation only” event. By now, one only needs to do a casual search to find the myriad articles, editorials, and Facebook posts decrying this governmental authoritarian approach to education and parenting. (here, here, here and here just for starters) As of May 1, this event was postponed due to the pandemic, but we know that this will not be the end of these kinds of threats to homeschooling freedom. HomeschoolNewYork / LEAH has been aware of the organizers of this summit, and others attached to it for a long time. In fact, one of the Summit’s participants, a certain coalition that claims to be in favor of responsible home education, is now using a survey to gather statistics on homeschoolers under the guise of providing resources. Of course they are doing it at a time when the lines are blurred between who was already a homeschooler, and who is overseeing home instruction while schools are closed nationwide. To use information from a survey of people who would not have identified as homeschoolers just a few weeks ago muddies the waters, and may end up making it look like homeschooling isn’t working, or is too hard to do correctly, because the answers are based on people’s reactions to overseeing their children’s education during a national health crisis. We strongly discourage your participation in this survey.

So, what should you do? HomeschoolNewYork/LEAH has support groups across the state, and our regional representatives and chapter leaders are more than happy to share ideas and resources with you. Look here to find the one for your area. If you haven’t already, please consider joining Homeschool New York/LEAH. Connect with other families and stay informed about our events.

And even if you’re not a member, you can help us continue to be advocates for homeschoolers in NY. Please consider becoming a Home Education Activist by sending an email to activist@nysleah.org .Find out how to stay active in homeschooling advocacy.

If you feel called to pray for homeschoolers in NY consider joining our weekly prayer initiative -send an email to prayer@nysleah.org You will receive weekly emails with encouraging scriptures, and specific prayer requests and needs as they change.

Help us educate the public about what homeschoolers are really like and what we do. Consider letting us highlight your co-op activities, field trips or even your homeschool grad in our quarterly print newsletter The Messenger. Send articles and pictures to leahmessenger@nysleah.org.

We operate only by the support of homeschool families like yours. For over 30 years we have stood for the right of parents to direct the upbringing and education of their children. We support you!