Harvard Political Review, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 10 April 2007, Lobbying from Home — Homeschoolers are winning policymakers’ attention
A group comprising less than three percent of America’s total enrolled student population is winning the attention of legislators and education policymakers. Though they are a tiny proportion of the public, homeschooled students and their families represent a group with impressive political heft. Their recent lobbying achievements include the incorporation of homeschooling provisions in the Career and Technical Education Improvement Act of 2006 and the passage of the Bennett Amendment protecting their grassroots lobbying in 2007. With the substantial recent growth of activity and remarkable success of such a small group, the homeschool network is emerging as a powerful lobbying machine.
I had to refresh my memory about the Career and Technical Education Improvement Act and the Bennett Amendment. The bills were important to the other side of the homeschooling aisle. Daryl commented on the Bennett Amendment and for the Career and Technical Education act my Gmail cache showed only one weekly update from HSLDA on 16 August 2006.
2. Homeschoolers Protected in Federal Vocational Education Bill
In one of its last acts before the August recess, Congress approved the Carl Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act of 2006 (S. 250). HSLDA was successful in ensuring that protections for home-educated students remained in the bill sent to the President for his expected signature.
Lobbying must have been quiet as no other mention appears in a search. Still, homeschoolers get the credit, and the HPR figures activists will continue lobbying.
Harvard Political Review, Lobbying from Home
Although strong stances on these issues are not common to all homeschool families, they are indeed common among the most politically active groups, indicating that trends of increasingly targeted, frequent, and extensive lobbying can be expected to continue as homeschooling grows in popularity.
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