Home Education Magazine – Comeback

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.

Looking Forward

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.

Mark Hegener
Home Education Magazine

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.

Contact HEM here .

21 Responses to Home Education Magazine – Comeback

  1. dan on March 13, 2012 at 10:16 am

    An Independent Press – THAT’S what I love about HEM. This is indespensible to any community that wishes to discuss & debate issues.

  2. James Chapman on March 22, 2012 at 1:40 am

    I feel… sad. I want to help. I’m broke as a joke, at the moment. I have ideas for articles, though. And ideas. I really haven’t been paying attention, lately, due to having to move, etc…. didn’t know this drama was happening. Just shaking my head. One of the things that gets me through the day is knowing that the public library carries a magazine like hem – resonating with sanity in a, well, strange world.

  3. Linda M on March 30, 2012 at 8:20 am

    Ok, now I finally know what happened to my introductory subscription! I ordered the startup subscription last fall and was sent several back issues as part of the order and did receive probably one current issue after that – the one with a letter from the editor (Helen) explaining about the possible lawsuit. After that, I have not received any more issues and could not reach anyone by phone or by email. I would like to continue/complete my subscription but not in digital format.

    Can I please get some information about when that might happen and verify that you still have record of my account?

    I wish you all the best in this fight for your right to publish!

    • david on April 3, 2012 at 11:11 am

      Thank you Linda for sticking with us. Please use the Contact form so you may provide more details. We will be happy to check for you. The final tally of the true costs of this frivilous lawsuit will be huge with all the time and money lost. We thank all who will donate time or money to help. HEM admin.

  4. DeMountria C. Faultry on April 11, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    Please send details of this issue if we can help…I am also not sure I am understanding the core issue. I will say this HOmeschooling is a major threat to our education system “man made” & “man Possessed” its billions of dollars made. If it is threaten in any way… watch-out “the People”. Now, I may be ahead of what’s actually happening, forgive me. So if you will please send details of this manner, & if it has any avenues to the political tug Public vs Home, we in for the fight of our lives.

    • david on April 12, 2012 at 9:21 am

      The Freedom of the Press Lawsuit we are talking about has nothing to do with homeschooling or any business other than the plaintiffs. The lawsuit in simple terms was about one press organization reporting on another press organization’s article about suspected business practices of a business. Nothing more, nothing less. We will have more on this story when everything has settled.

      As to homeschooling impacting the ability of the public school systems to function, that is another story, Kansas City, MO public schools has been ‘losing their accreditation for years and finally the state came in and took it away, and will take over the school district if things do not improve.

  5. maryBelle on April 13, 2012 at 11:28 am

    Unquestionable support. ANYTHING I can do, just holler.

  6. Sue M. on April 24, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    Glad to see the “comeback” in the works. I have picked up your magazine at one of our favorite public libraries in Westlake, Ohio, and I will certainly request that they continue to subscribe to your magazine for the benefit of their library patrons.

    Will you be able to discuss the lawsuit to any extent once things are settled, or have you been ordered to keep mum about it? I hope you are able to tell your side of things so readers will have the opportunity to renew their confidence in your fine publication.

  7. Sarah on April 30, 2012 at 4:32 am

    So glad to hear you are back! You have always been a valuable member of the community! Bring in some younger home schooling columnists, though. I have liked all your columnists but always good to have people of a new generation as well. Good luck with renewal! We will subscribe again!

  8. Elizabeth on April 30, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    I am thankful that things have finally been settled and HEM is still here for us. We are so encouraged by the articles and stories. Thank you for doing the right thing despite the cost in standing for freedom of the press. It is incredible that such a frivolous lawsuit should carry on this long. It is a travesty. We will continue our subscription and carry on. Best Regards!

  9. Karen Hoogland on May 6, 2012 at 11:20 am

    There doesn’t seem to be a contact form at your link at http://homeedmag.com/home-education-magazine/write_hem/

    I would like to switch my remaining subscription to all digital.

    ~Karen Hoogland

    • david on May 15, 2012 at 10:41 am

      Hi Karen, I am forwarding you info to Mark, and he will email you back with the info you need to access the digital versions.

      Contact Us

  10. Meg on May 15, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    I want to subscribe to both digital and print. Realizing there are no print copies currently, I’d be glad to have old back issues if you still have them, in lieu of current print til you do have that. Is that possible? I tried emailing you and got no reply.

    • david on May 18, 2012 at 7:38 am

      Hi Meg, we have rec’d your message above, and I have notified Mark that this comment is here and he will have to give the answers to your questions about back issues and such. We are extremely back logged with email and correspondence. However, I anticipate Mark will get to your questions here over the weekend. Thankyou for your support of HEM.

      • Meg on June 12, 2012 at 6:29 pm

        Thank you! I will await an email, or else, check back here in September and just subscribe to the print edition then! I love digital too, but the computer is already something that has family members taking numbers for a turn on it, and settling into the sofa to read instead, sounds perfect. Can’t wait! :)

  11. candy on May 23, 2012 at 9:26 am

    Are you still taking query letters and buying articles? Let me know via em.

    Thanks, I hope all works and good for you.

  12. Patti Durovchic on June 7, 2012 at 8:54 am

    My best to you all. You’ve been there from the beginning, as have I. Looking forward to HEM getting back on it’s feet. I now head a large support group for special needs homeschoolers in Washington state and have your site on my resource list. It would be great to see more for this community in the future. Hang in there!

  13. Tim on June 12, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    Helen — I want you to know how much you’ve done for our daughter, and for me as a homeschooling parent. The magazine has set the bar for the others to follow and has done a lasting good for so many families, and thank you so much.

  14. Laurel Moffit on July 8, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    I am a subscriber. I don’t know how to get access to the May/June digital magazine. I do want to stick with the print magazine, however, My family is moving cross country, as my husband has been transferred in his job from MI to NM. So first, how do I get the interim digital issue, Second, how do I change my address for the print edition, and third, How much longer do I have on my subscription?

    • david on July 21, 2012 at 4:12 pm

      Hi Laurel,

      I sent your message to Mark.
      He will contact you shortly.

      Webmaster HEM

  15. Emily on September 24, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    Hello, I just subscribed to the digital version but have no idea what my login is…? or how to create one…I received an email confirmation from paypal but nothing else….please advise.