News with Present Implications
This fall begins the first school year (2014-2015) affected by the implementation of the new regulations brought about by AB 2109 (2012) regarding exemptions from required vaccines for school entry.
In California, compulsory school attendance is required for all children ages 6-18. The school year in which a six year old must start school depends upon his or her birthday.
In January 2014 a new change in the law (AB 2109) will affect all K-12 public and private school students in California, including all homeschooled students. The new law for required vaccinations for school attendance will go into effect January 1, 2014. This new law will require parents desiring a personal beliefs exemption from any or all required vaccinations for their child to have a consultation appointment with a specified health care provider before the exemption can be completed.
The private school affidavit for the 2013-2014 school year will be posted on the California Department of Education’s website shortly before or on October 1st. Because for the last several years the California Department of Education (CDE) has made last minute changes to the affidavit, please check our website for an update of this article. Read more
The SXSWedu Technology Conference [held recently in Austin, Texas] featured a new project that has many educational technology companies very excited – and that has many parents angry and deeply concerned. The project is called inBloom – a massive national database of personal information on public school students – and it is now already up and running in nine states so far. Read more
Required School Enrollment Age Confusion:
Cutoff Date Changing again for this coming 2013-2014 School Year
When a parent inquires at what age their child is required to begin school, there may be some conflicting answers given. One reason for this could be confusion regarding the birthday cutoff dates for compulsory enrollment. Read more
After seventeen years of sacrificial service at Family Protection Ministries (FPM) on your behalf, Jim Davis has retired from his full-time work with us. Read more
In December of 1994, I said yes to Roy Hanson and made preparations to move my family up to the Sacramento area in order to start working full-time with Family Protection Ministries. My wife, Judy, and I had been homeschooling for about 11 years by then, and we were convinced that God was calling us to become directly involved in protecting all of our rights to raise and train up our children privately at home. I am extremely grateful for the privilege of working with FPM's founder and Director, Roy Hanson, for the past 18 years. Read more
Status: Vetoed by the Governor!
AB 889 as introduced would have, among other things, classified parents who hire babysitters age 18 or older (even on an occasional basis) as an employer that must comply with all laws and regulations that govern domestic work employees and their employers. Read more
Status: Signed by the Governor! A Tremendous Victory!
Homeschool students may on occasion transfer from one school to another [e.g. out of, into, or between Private School Satellite Programs (PSPs), or, out of or into a public school program]. The California Education Code (Section 48608) requires the pupil's old school of enrollment to transfer the pupil's permanent school records (commonly known as the cumulative or "cum" file) to the new school of enrollment when the pupil transfers. Read more
The private school affidavit for the 2012-2013 school year is now available online, but has been changed to delete the two questions (41 and 42) that were added for the first time last year - 2011. In addition, a new question asks for an email address for the “Site Administrator” of the school. Read more
As the California Secretary of State puts it, "The strength of our democracy depends on the willingness of our citizens to help choose the people who will lead us, and to make our voices heard on issues of importance to the future of our state and nation." Read more
God has entrusted us with freedoms and the responsibility to protect those freedoms in order that we may live according to His Word. This coming General Election on November 6, 2012 will be one of the most important elections of our lifetime. Read more
The Greater Good is an award-winning film produced last year (2011). It seeks to open up the vaccine debate to the “opportunity to have a rational and scientific discussion,” something this topic has seen less and less of in the past two decades. Read more
According to a case report filed with federal health officials and obtained by the New York Times last year, “a 6-year-old girl from Colorado received flu-Mist, a Flu vaccine .... And about a week later she ‘became weak with multiple episodes of falling to the ground’ and ‘difficulty walking.’ ... The girl grew weak, feverish and ‘became more limp, appears sleepy, acts as if drunk,’ the report said.” Read more
Earlier this year we at FPM began receiving calls from homeschool parents who had been contacted by their local Public Health Department. These parents were informed that a new law (AB 354) required them to have their children vaccinated with an additional Tdap booster shot. Read more
In past years, families have been contacted by various Local Education Agencies (LEAs) and pressured to have their special-needs children evaluated and involved in a public school education program. Although California legislation was passed in both 2007 and 2010 to address these concerns, we at FPM have recently begun receiving questions about whether parents are required to enroll their special-needs children in these public school programs. Read more
Posted September 1, 2010
SB 1317 (and SB 1148), as originally written, could have resulted in homeschooling parents going to court without HSLDA having the opportunities they have frequently used under current law to resolve their members’ legal contacts, preventing them from having to go to court. Read More
Posted May 28, 2010
Most homeschoolers would be caught by surprise if they had just admitted their child to the hospital and then were approached by someone with a school enrollment form. Yet this is essentially what happened to one family earlier this year when they had to admit their home-schooled son into Children’s Hospital in San Diego, and stumbled on what appears to be a new kind of trial public school program in that city. Read More
As a result of the passage of AB 66 in the fall of 2009, a new law regarding work permits went into effect on January 1, 2010. Find articles about the new work permit law here.
January 16, 2008
As initially introduced in 2007, AB 1236 would have lowered the compulsory education age from 6 to 5 years of age, in effect making kindergarten mandatory. AB 1236 also would have taken another incremental step toward a universal preschool program for 3 and 4 year-olds. Read more