From: Wisconsin Parents Association (WPA)
Re: Homeschoolers’ Opposition to Legislation to Allow Homeschoolers to Participate in Public School Sports
Dear Representative Kulp:
I am writing to emphasize WPA’s position on homeschooling freedoms, and specifically on ways that these freedoms would be undermined by any legislation to allow homeschoolers to participate in public school sports. You appear to have a different understanding of homeschooling freedoms than the vast majority of Wisconsin homeschoolers do. (more…)
Open Letter To Wisconsin Legislators
From: Wisconsin Homeschoolers Working Together Through WPA
Subject: Why We Do Not Want Tax Credits or Other “Favors” for Homeschoolers
To maintain our freedoms and responsibilities, thousands of Wisconsin homeschoolers have been working together since 1984 through Wisconsin Parents Association (WPA), a state-wide grassroots organization that welcomes all homeschoolers. Through discussions, newsletters, resolutions, and conferences, we have come to the following conclusions: (more…)
Homeschooling parents and children out in public during conventional school hours in the Green Bay area may be questioned by police as part of their effort to reduce truancy by enforcing the county’s 1998 daytime curfew ordinance. (This is not an attempt to target homeschoolers. Also, the ordinance applies only to Brown County.)
Continue the work homeschoolers working together through WPA have done for many years to prevent problems such as this by opposing curfews.
Please share this information with others. (more…)
Good news! As a result of the serious analysis and careful negotiations that WPA has done over the past several weeks, today the DPI agreed to change the language on its website concerning when enrollment in a homeschool occurs.
It has agreed to remove language that says that a child is officially enrolled in a homeschool when their parent or guardian files form PI-1206. This change is another important action by WPA to maintain our homeschooling freedoms and parental rights.
As we know, enrollment in a homeschool begins when a parent decides to homeschool their child and begins to fulfill the requirements of the Wisconsin homeschooling law. Enrolling is distinct from filing form PI-1206, which means reporting the enrollment in a homeschool as of the third Friday in September, the 19th this year.
Therefore, if public school officials threaten you with truancy if you don’t file the form before the third Friday in September, calmly and diplomatically tell them what the law says and that now the DPI has changed what it used to say about enrollment and filing form PI-1206.
Thank you to the courageous homeschoolers who, in recent years, knew their rights and refused to file the form early. One such homeschooling mom had to face police at her door and calmly explain what the law said. (She was a new homeschooler who had read her WPA Newsletter and the WPA handbook.) Without this kind of knowledge and action on behalf of parental rights, we surrender our homeschooling freedoms inch by inch.
For the details of how WPA was able to get the DPI to change its language, see the chain of WPA requests and the DPI’s responses below. These details and language should be useful to parents who are working to counter unreasonable demands by their public school district.
Download WPA and DPI Exchange on Homeschool Enrollment
WPA was contacted by a homeschooling father who had been a member of the Amish community. As a result of a divorce settlement, a Wisconsin Circuit Court Commissioner had ordered that his homeschooled children attend a public school. The father asked WPA for help in appealing this ruling.
The extent to which we maintain our parental rights and responsibilities depends on how we think, act, and react, especially when dealing with public officials, including school officials.
The question of whether our child is officially enrolled in a public or conventional private school provides a good example of how we can think, act, and react. To maintain our rights, we can and should understand and make clear to others that “officially enrolled” in a public or conventional private school means we have formally registered our child for the coming school year and/or sent our child to school when it opened in the fall. (more…)
Summary: School officials sometimes challenge parents who remove their children from a public school to begin homeschooling. Here’s how to minimize the chances of this happening to your family and what to do if it does. Note that how you respond depends on when you are beginning homeschooling.
At the annual WPA membership meeting during the WPA conference on May 3, 2014, at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, WPA members passed this resolution.