Milestones in WPA History
- Homeschoolers meet in response to legislative proposals.
- WPA organized January 6.
- Over 2,500 people (the vast majority opposed to unreasonable homeschooling
legislation) attend January 24 legislative hearing.
- WPA coordinates campaign that results in reasonable homeschooling law.
- WPA arranges meeting with legislators and the DPI to protest first version
of form PI-1206 which was not consistent with new law. DPI revises.
- First edition of WPA handbook.
- WASB resolution to give the DPI authority over homeschools tabled after WPA
gives more accurate information to WASB delegates.
- WPA defuses and discredits a misleading DPI-sponsored "research" report by
- WPA's "Perspectives" takes strong stand against state-mandated standardized
- WPA resolutions support parents' rights in education, oppose change in
Wisconsin's homeschooling law, oppose state-mandated standardized testing, and
state that the DPI has no authority in private education (including
- WPA alerts homeschoolers about an ad hoc legislative committee considering
homeschooling legislation. Hundreds call committee members. Committee drops
- WPA resolutions oppose state review or certification of homeschools.
- WPA resolutions oppose discriminatory policies concerning entry/re-entry
and shared services and support unity among homeschoolers.
- WPA publishes enlarged edition of handbook.
- WPA opposes unnecessary Legislative Council study of homeschooling, refuses
to serve on committee but provides accurate information.
- Legislative Council study committee decides not to recommend increased
regulation of homeschooling.
- Over 2.000 homeschoolers and supporters attend WPA Day at the Capitol
(Feb. 6) to affirm and celebrate Legislative Council committee's decision.
- WPA resolutions affirm key role of parents in education and oppose state
control of education and the family.
- WPA informs members and coordinates testimony at Nov. 4 hearing on new
"education reform legislation" that would increase regulation of homeschooling,
establish portfolios on 3 year olds, etc. About 300 homeschoolers attend.
Legislators agree to delete all homeschooling proposals.
Nov. - Mar. 1992
- WPA informs homeschoolers and other concerned parents about problems with
reform legislation. Over 1,000 attend hearings in nine cities, the vast majority
opposed to the legislation. WPA is influential in having some of the worst
provisions removed although legislation eventually passes.
- WPA resolutions oppose state goals in education, America 2000, Wisconsin
2000, and education vouchers that would require the surrender of educational
- WPA publishes booklet, "For All Our Children: Parents' Rights and
Responsibilities in Education" to inform homeschoolers and others of problems
with current developments in education and suggest ways they can counter them.
- In July, the DPI publishes misleading and inaccurate "Questions and
Responses" about homeschooling. WPA responds with accurate information,
including letter in Dec. to school officials clarifying information about
entry/re-entry and shared services.
- WPA continues to track and analyze proposals for "education reform
legislation" and informs members and others of problems with the DPI's plans
- WPA celebrates and renews commitment at tenth annual home education
conference attended by over 1,000 people.
- WPA works to gain exemption of public school students from state-mandated
- WPA publishes Perspectives on the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child
showing the problems raised by the Convention.
- PRAIRIE, a national version of the WPA newsletter, is published by WPA in
response to requests from other states for information WPA has developed.
- Exemption of public school students from state-mandated testing becomes law.
- WPA shows how state legislation on juvenile justice and Children in Need of
Protection or Services (CHIPS) will negatively affect all families.
- 400 people attend WPA's Families First day at the capitol to protest
juvenile justice and CHIPS legislation.
- WPA passes resolutions on the independence of the homeschooling movement,
the importance of putting families first, and why homeschoolers do not want to
give up freedom in exchange for government money.
- Library outreach program launched by WPA.
- Homeschooling in Wisconsin, fourth edition of WPA handbook, is published.
- WPA counters negative actions by local school districts.
- WPA works successfully to deny DPI's budget proposal that would have
created a homeschool consultant within DPI paid for by homeschoolers' filing
- WPA strongly opposes SB106 which would have set the precident of the state
determining who is eligible to homeschool. About 400 homeschoolers attend the
first hearing on this bill. The bill is likely to die in committee.
- WPA passes resolutions opposing the state determining who is eligiible to
homeschool and the school-to-work program.
- Homeschoolers working through WPA help defeat a parental rights
amendment to the WI Constitution that would cost us our freedoms.
- WPA helps to amend truancy bill so it is less damaging.
- WPA opposes curfews and ID cards for homeschoolers.
- WPA successfully opposes tax credits for homeschoolers.
- WPA opposes Walworth County committee's attempts to increasestate regulation of homeschooling.
- WPA opposes AB129 which undermines homeschooling freedoms; bill dies.
- WPA supports increased funding for public libraries.
- WPA opposes public school graduation test.
- Wisconsin State Historical Society purchases all WPA newsletters.
- WPA counters changes in military pilot program.
- WPA opposes AB 712.
- WPA corrects Legislative Reference Bureau Brief.
- Fifth edition of handbook published.
- WPA clarifies statute on "more than one family unit."
- WPA works to increase funding for library systems.
- WPA presents testimony against state funding for full-day four-year-old kindergartens.
- WPA alerts members to problems with charter schools.
- WPA informs homeschoolers and others of the problems with statewide public e-schools.
- WPA works to ensure funding for public libraries.
- WPA passes resolutions on public e-schools and government-imposed immunizations.
- WPA opposes federal homeschooling legislation that would lead to federal regulation of homeschooling.
- WPA works to maintain the distinction between homeschools and public e-schools.
- WPA helps homeschool support groups form policies on public e-schoolers.
- WPA passes resolution opposing tax dollars for homeschoolers that would lead to increased regulation of homeschooling.
- WPA corrects DPI's claim that local school distrcts should be involved in determining grade placement in homeschools.
- WPA alerts homeschoolers and others to problems with public school student identification system and how to insure homeschoolers are not included in it.
- WPA introduces "Did You Know?" feature to its newsletter.
- WPA passes resolutions dealing with the media and student ID numbers.
- WPA researches and alerts members to risks of increased mental health screening.
- WPA introduces CONNECTIONS to its newsletter and conference.
- WPA provides a sample letter to school district administrators on homeschoolers' privacy.
- WPA corrects Wiscsonin League of Women Voters' information on the homeschooling law and explains why it should not be changed.
- WPA opposes federal legislation that would undermine homeschooling freedoms.
- WPA successfully opposes an amendment to the state budget bill that would have increased the risk of greater state regulation of homeschooling by providing tax credits for homeschoolers.
- WPA passes resolutions dealing with the federal No Child Left Behind law and mental health screening.
- WPA publishes sixth ediition of Homeschooling In Wisconsin.
- WPA passes resolution dealing with the history of homeschooling in Wisconsin.
- WPA publishes Kitchen Tables and Marble Halls: WPA and Homeschooling in Wisconsin.
- WPA passes resolution dealing with institutionalizing young children.
- WPA publishes "Let's Not Institutionalize 3, 4, and 5 Year Olds."
- WPA responds to court decision on virtual charter schools and subsequent legislation with analysis, fact sheets, notices to members, testimony, and updates.
- WPA shows the problems with another federal parental rights initiative.
- WPA celebrates 25th Annual Conference.
- WPA sends email to superintendents of districts with virtual charter schools protesting their use of the term "homeschool" to describe these public schools.
- WPA sends letter to Wisconsin Legislative Audit Bureau concerning their audit of virtual charter schools.
- WPA informs parents and testifies against Wisconsin legislation to make five-year-old kindergarten mandatory.
- WPA updates its web site.
- WPA passes resolution on "Importance of Parents to Children's Development and Learning and a Family's Well Being."
- WPA publishes article on "Yes to Parental Rights, No to a Constitutional Amendment."
- WPA publishes fact sheet on "Stand Up For Parental Rights and Responsibilities; Oppose Increased Preschool, Screening, Universal Child Care, and Home Visitations."
- WPA informs parents about the new law concerning five-year-kindergarten and publishes "Homeschooling and the New Kindergarten Legislation."
- WPA publishes critique of the Wisconsin Legislative Audit Bureau's report: "Serious Flaws in Audit Report on Virtual Charter Schools."
- WPA passes resolution on "Prevent Further Erosion of the Role of Parents in Children's Early Years."
- WPA informs its members about and publishes an article on "New Electronic Online Form PI-1206."