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JOINT LEGISLATIVE NEWSFLASH – January 20, 2015
From: Roy Hanson — Family Protection Ministries and Mike Smith — HSLDA
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New proposed legislation is now beginning to stream into our state capitol in Sacramento. This new 2-year legislative session for California began on December 1st. Already, California legislators have introduced 267 bills with hundreds more to come in the weeks ahead.
Family Protection Ministries (FPM) in partnership with HSLDA, is daily monitoring every piece of legislation introduced or amended throughout this 2015-2016 two-year session, as we have done in the past. We identify and respond to any legislation that could affect private home schooling or any associated parental rights.
We at FPM are greatly blessed to have the outstanding expertise of Mike Smith and his team of attorneys at Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) in providing detailed legal analysis of every bill that we have identified as potentially threatening to private home education. After we (FPM and HSLDA) determine together the best strategic responses, we go into direct action and as needed, we contact you for your crucial help in contacting your elected legislators in Sacramento.
Although the growing liberal control in California can be discouraging and challenging, we are trusting that God will bless your prayers and support of our teamwork efforts to defend our home education freedoms from all attacks.
We are blessed to be able to continue our work in partnership with HSLDA and good people like you, as well as with CHEA (as their Legislative Consultant), and many other organizations and groups. God has blessed us beyond measure by giving us success in protecting private home education from unnecessary government intrusion here in California for more than two decades. We greatly appreciate the support of each of you through your vigilance, prayers, financial support, and contacting legislators (whenever we send out a Legislative Action Alert).
We continue to be firmly committed to working hard to preserve our God-given freedoms!
As we have been reminded by recent attacks from the media, the right to homeschool privately is a fragile thing in California and across the nation. Ignoring a wide range of sound research, some have complained that homeschooled students are lacking in good academic and life skills. There are those calling for new legislation to increase the regulation and accountability to public school officials.
We must remain vigilant to guard the freedoms, which God has entrusted to us.
Roy Hanson and Nathan Pierce Family Protection Ministries