What is Homeschool Louisiana?
Homeschool Louisiana is a Christian ministry organization comprised of homeschool support groups from around the state. Of these support groups, each member family becomes part of Homeschool Louisiana. This gives Homeschool Louisiana an effective membership of hundreds of families without competing with local support groups for memberships. The unique relationship Homeschool Louisiana has with local support groups offers each homeschool family the comprehensive, unified and affordable support it needs at local and state levels.
Homeschool Louisiana’s Purpose is to:
1) Provide timely national and state news. State organizations have become the point-of-contact for most national home education service organizations, such as the National Home Education Research Institute and the Home School Legal Defense Association. These organizations depend on the state organizations to inform families in their states of legislation, court cases, and other events that influence the future of home education. On the state level, Homeschool Louisiana maintains a watchful eye on the state legislature, state agencies, and the news media.
2) Assist in the formation of new home education support groups and provide a network of communication between the groups.
3) Direct new families to a group in their area and inform them of current home study law.
4) Support home education research to reinforce to the community that homeschooling is a viable method of education.
5) Provide training for support group leaders to strengthen and grow the impact of local support groups.
6) Educate the public about home education and thus improve acceptance in the community.
7) Provide homeschool information and equipping through our social media platforms and statewide one-day conferences.
8) Watch for unfavorable legislation and initiate favorable legislation.
Why is a Network of Support Groups so Important?
We live in an age of information and change, and much of this change challenges the very existence of the family. Such a network provides homeschoolers with the information needed to influence the changes occurring in our nation and state. If we are not involved, the laws will change and homeschooling and family life as we know it will
be a thing of the past. In addition, if needed, a well-organized support group can quickly respond to any adverse legislation by calling or writing local, state, or national governmental officials.
How Does a Support Group Become a Member of Homeschool Louisiana?
Upon request, Homeschool Louisiana will send your support group leader information and membership application forms. The support group’s leadership (not their members) must sign the application stating that they are in agreement to Homeschool Louisiana’s “Statement of Faith,” “Statement of Education and By-Laws.” The membership dues are currently $10 per member family in the support group. Homeschool Louisiana votes to receive new member groups twice a year at the annual Homeschool Louisiana Convention and at the annual Leadership Conference.
How Do Home School Support Groups Form?
Homeschool support groups form in many ways. Some have formed when families meet at the park or zoo during the day. Some have decided it is easier to form a support group closer to home rather than commuting across town or another city. Others may meet at their local church.
It doesn’t take a large number of families to start a group; some support groups begin with as few as four or five families. Lack of experience should not prevent anyone from starting a group. Homeschool Louisiana can provide assistance to anyone interested in forming a new support group.
Homeschool Louisiana is Not
A substitute for your local church
A substitute for your local homeschool support group
An online school or curriculum provider
An organization that provides legal services such as HSLDA