After more than 28 years as co-founder, publisher and managing editor of Home Education Magazine, a home education family magazine, Helen Hegener is stepping back from her position. HEM will continue to serve homeschooling families, although there will be a reorganizational period.
Initially HEM will be available only in its digital edition with the next digital issue being the upcoming May-June, 2012 issue. Preliminary plans are to have a print edition back with the September-October, 2012 issue.
After 28 years how did HEM get to this point?
HEM got to this point primarily through a lawsuit brought about over a year ago by Learning By Grace (LBG et al v. Idoni) The suit was closed after a settlement was reached in October, 2011. However, wrangling over specific wording dragged the process on until a final settlement agreement was only recently signed.
While a settlement has been signed, the process of dealing with this suit literally ground HEM to a halt. From the beginning, it appeared to Helen that this was a SLAPP-like suit specifically designed to silence HEM. Helen chose to fight the lawsuit because of her belief that it was critical to maintain the freedoms of an independent press, and the freedoms which homeschooling families have won over the years.
It follows that if enough questions are raised within any community about a company which purports to serve that community, it is the duty of an independent press, particularly one aligned with that community, to report those questions and to seek answers. Particularly in situations involving charters and private schools portraying themselves as ‘homeschooling’, short of a strong independent press informing readers of developments critical to the community, the only other resource families can turn to would be government institutions. That entity’s primary tool is regulation.
HEM will continue to address this important issue, and with your understanding and support attempts to silence an independent press will not be successful.
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A note about your subscription and advertising
All subscriptions will be honored. This means current print and digital subscribers will receive the number of issues that were paid for. If you would like to switch exclusively to digital your print subscription will be honored as a two year digital subscription. Advertisers contracts will also be honored. The preliminary plan for publishing will give both subscribers and advertisers an extra issue.
Please allow some time during this reorganization to sort out the details. Watch this site for updates.