What is the Wisconsin Parents Association?
Wisconsin Parents Association is a state-wide, inclusive, grassroots organization dedicated to protecting the right of parents to provide an education to their children according to their own principles and beliefs.
Wisconsin Parents Association is a non-profit, 501(c)3, organization supported only through membership and donation.
WPA Board of Directors
President – Pamela Roland – Pamela and her family are passionate about homeschooling and preserving the right for all families in Wisconsin to homeschool according to their own principles and beliefs. She, her husband and three children thrive as a homeschooling family thanks to those homeschooling families that fought for the Wisconsin homeschooling law that we enjoy today.
Vice President – Jodi Buntin – Jodi and her husband have been homeschooling their two teenaged sons from the beginning and live in the Green Bay area.
Treasurer – Beth Kaseman-Wold – Beth started homeschooling in 1979 and never looked back. By 1984 she was helping organize the first WPA conference. She has been volunteering with WPA ever since to help protect the rights of all Wisconsin families to homeschool in line with their values and beliefs. She and her husband homeschool their two daughters.
Secretary – Mary Sue Slifer – Mary Sue and her family decided to homeschool when her son was just two years old. Their seven (plus) “school years” journey has been a blessing, with 2016/17 being the first year homeschooling as a single parent. Mary Sue’s involvement with WPA started on the Conference Committee in 2012 and shortly thereafter with the Board. Mary Sue feels that spending time with the families of WPA has influenced her family in tremendously valuable ways.
Tomi Fay Forbes – Tomi Fay has served as the coordinator for Ozaukee County Homeschoolers since 1988, a WPA Regional Contact since 1996, and a WPA Board member since 2009. Tomi Fay and Greg are the parents of three grown children and the grandparents of three homeschoolers.
Board meetings are open to all members. The next board meeting will be Monday, May 21st at 10:00 am. If you wish to attend, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Wisconsin Parents Association was founded in 1984 to oppose legislation that would have severely limited homeschoolers’ freedoms by giving the Department of Public Instruction power and authority over homeschools. Homeschoolers working together through WPA got the legislation amended so it became one of the most reasonable homeschooling laws in the country. Since that time, we have successfully countered numerous challenges to that law. This work continues today. Your support is needed. Join WPA.
Click here for a more detailed account of the history of Wisconsin Parents Association.
WPA’s Ten Principles
Since 1984, WPA’s work has been based on ten principles.
- Know what Wisconsin’s homeschooling law does and does not require and how it is interpreted and enforced.
- Do only the minimum required by statute or regulation. Doing more will reduce freedoms you and other homeschoolers enjoy.
- Maintain the distinction between homeschools and public school programs, including virtual charter schools.
- Do not ignore violations of your rights, even when they seem too small to matter or it takes time and effort to protest.
- Learn to work with your legislators, regardless of their political party.
- Do not seek or accept benefits from the government. Such benefits are likely to be followed by increased regulation, especially since the government is accountable for how tax dollars are spent.
- Do not push for new homeschooling legislation. Small minorities generally have difficulty getting legislation passed. Also, legislation can be changed so much through amendments that it may end up working against the minority that introduced it.
- Stay out of court if at all possible.
- Understand and apply the distinction between compulsory school attendance and compulsory education.
- Work with other homeschoolers on the grassroots level. Set aside differences in approaches to education, curriculum choices, religious and philosophical beliefs, etc. Work to maintain the right of each family to make its own decisions.
These ten principles are the reasons homeschoolers in Wisconsin have been able to maintain their freedoms. WPA has had to work hard to maintain them in the face of opposition to homeschooling from the educational establishment, some legislators, and some members of the general public.
Click here to read the Wisconsin homeschooling statutes.