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The Parental Rights Amendment and Protecting Your Right To Homeschool

by Jessica Parnell | Sep 29, 2014 | < 1 min read

In case you missed it, a New Jersey family was shocked to find their local school district was forcing them to adhere to Common Core standards in their state if they chose to homeschool. In response, founder of the Home School Legal Defense Association, Mike Farris, traveled to Washington D.C. to warn the House Constitution Subcommittee that without a constitutional amendment, parental rights would continue to diminish.

At a time when homeschooling is receiving as much attention and scrutiny as ever, it’s critical that we be vigilant in protecting our right to teach our children at home. That’s why working with a homeschool partner like Bridgeway is so critical and beneficial. Along with the other advantages of working with Bridgeway, because our school is accredited, you never have to worry about losing your homeschooling freedoms and flexibility.

However, according to Mike Farris, passage of The Parental Rights Amendment “would ensure that parents’ fundamental right to direct the education, upbringing, and care of their children is preserved in the United States Constitution. This amendment would protect parents from UN treaties, state and federal laws that undermine parental rights, and the growing threat of international law that seeks to elevate government officials over parents.”

What can you do to help? Call your Congressman today and ask them to support H.J Resolution 50. You can also ask your senators to support the Senate version of the bill, Parental Rights Amendment, S.J. Res. 37. You can find your Representative here and Senator here. Protecting your right to homeschool is fundamental. Call today!

Jessica Parnell
Hello everyone! I’m Jessica Parnell — mom, homeschool evaluator, teacher, and CEO of Bridgeway Academy. In my 20+ years of experience as a homeschool mom and evaluator, I have had the privilege of meeting homeschoolers that take a variety of approaches to their education. It is their many stories and successes that inspire me in my own homeschooling and I love to pass on the knowledge that I have gained from them to other homeschooling families. The one constant that always remains true is that there’s no such thing as a “cookie cutter child.” Each child is fearfully and wonderfully made and as a result, learns and functions differently. It’s our job to ensure that we’re raising each child to fulfill their individual purpose and when we can teach in a way that inspires them, we are on our way to homeschool success. When I’m not writing or teaching my children, I like to ski, write and participate in triathlons. I graduated from Kutztown University with a Bachelor of Science in Education and a Masters in English and I am currently pursuing a degree in Neuroleadership.
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