Know Your Options
CHEF of LA is always on the lookout for legislation and cultural trends that either directly or indirectly impact your freedom to home educate. Much concern was raised in the past few years when education reform was “hot” in Louisiana; however, no actual threats to our freedoms appeared in any legislation or mandates.
On the other hand, we were not surprised when the Department of Education changed its website, burying valid and legal options on how you can register as a home educator. Whether it was intentional or just an oversight, it is nearly impossible to find information on the DOE site regarding the Non-Public School Option, or what we often refer to as the Private School Option. Because it has been widely known that the DOE has desired to eradicate that option, it would seem that the website changes were by design.
Nevertheless, it behooves us, as a homeschool community, to serve as an accurate resource for registration information for homeschoolers. Make sure your support group has information readily available for those who inquire about either homeschooling option. One way is to refer them to the CHEF of LA website where we host this information.
Videos from our Legislative Liaison Beryl Amedee:
Beryl Amedee is keeping an eye on what is happening in Baton Rouge so that our homeschooling rights and freedoms are protected. She has been doing this service for homeschooling families for a number of years. Beryl knows many members of the state legislature and senate, and has contacts within the Louisiana Department of Education. She studies proposed bills to know how they will influence homeschooling families, directly and indirectly. And she will contact the appropriate people when bills need to be modified to protect the freedoms of homeschooling families.
Here, Beryl tells us what we can expect for the 2014 Louisiana Legislative Session:
Is your teenager ready to get their driver's permit or driver's license? Due to changes in state law, you must bring in some evidence that you homeschool. Beryl explains this in the following video:
Are you concerned about Common Core and how it will affect homeschooling families? Beryl explains some of the issues surrounding Common Core Standards:
Can you issue a high school diploma for your child? Is it equivalent to a public school diploma? Beryl answers these questions in this video: