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January 21, 2019  

Michael Donnelly - HSLDA, Defending Homeschooling Freedom

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Michael P. Donnelly, Esq. is an HSLDA Senior Counsel and Director of Global Outreach. He serves as HSLDA’s staff attorney for the states of Colorado, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Ohio, and West Virginia and, as Director of Global Outreach, coordinates HSLDA’s support of homeschooling freedom around the world. He is also an adjunct professor of government at Patrick Henry College, where he teaches constitutional law.

In this interview Yvette Hampton and Mike Donnelly discuss some important topics for homeschoolers.
• What is HSLDA? Mike gives a brief history of HSLDA and homeschooling law.
• What services does HSLDA offer you offer and why should people be members?
• Mike shares how HSLDA has helped homeschool families.
• How is homeschooling growing across the world?
• What are future plans for HSLDA?

Home School Legal Defense Association is a nonprofit advocacy organization established to defend and advance the constitutional right of parents to direct the upbringing and education of their children and to protect family freedoms. They provide homeschooling-related legal advice and representation more than 80,000 member families, promote homeschool-friendly legislation at the state and federal levels, and offer information and resources to encourage and support all homeschoolers. Through the years, HSLDA’s primary goal has remained the same—to bring together a large number of homeschooling families so that each can have a low-cost method of obtaining quality legal defense. Visit to learn why you should become a member.

HSLDA is a proud sponsor of Schoolhouse Rocked, and we couldn’t be more thankful for their support. Filmmakers, Garritt and Yvette are lifetime members of HSLDA and have been members since their first year of homeschooling. We encourage every homeschool family to join HSLDA. Whether you ever need their legal help, they provide valuable advice as you navigate the homeschooling journey, and they constantly guard and defend your right to home educate. - 

Check out Durenda Wilson's excellent homeschool mentoring program, The Unhurried Homeschooler at and pick up a copy of her excellent book, The Unhurried Homeschooler.

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November 25, 2018  

Rebecca Kocsis - State Homeschool Organizations Serving You

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Did you know you have a state homeschool organization working for you? State organizations PROMOTE homeschooling, PROVIDE valuable resources to help you homeschool successfully, and PROTECT your right to educate you children. These organizations are the first line of defense in monitoring state laws which would affect your family, then when action is needed, they rally their members and coordinate with other organizations to influence policy. We encourage every homeschool family to join their state homeschool organization (and HSLDA). Many people fought for years to gain the freedom to home educate and if we are not diligent we can quickly lose that freedom.

Rebecca Kocsis works for CHEA (Christian Home Educators Association of California), an organization that holds a special place in Yvette's heart. On this episode you'll hear why Yvette loves CHEA and get to know more about what state homeschool organizations are doing for you.


Christian Home Educators Association (CHEA) of California -

Homeschool Freedom  - Christian Homeschool State Organizations -

Homeschool Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) -

State Homeschool Organization and Convention Map -

HSLDA - Homeschooling in Your State -


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