Logic Behind Our Legislative Alerts
for Home Education in Massachusetts (AHEM) believes that informed
and active homeschoolers are their own best advocates in maintaining
the right to independently homeschool. One of our goals is to
do our best to monitor legislation that has the potential to affect
homeschoolers. We keep AHEM Friends informed about pending legislation
through periodic updates and alerts. As an organization, we communicate
with legislators when appropriate.
AHEM sometimes takes a position on a piece of legislation, we
do not assume that all homeschoolers will share this position.
Our hope is that after being presented with the relevant information,
homeschoolers will think through the issues and come to their
own conclusions about where they stand. We welcome any questions,
concerns, or comments regarding any legislation.
communicating information about pending legislation, we try to
present the issues in a clear, concise manner so that those concerned
will have the information they need to make an informed decision
about their position on a particular bill. When feasible, we provide
contact information for appropriate legislators in the updates
and alerts so that Friends can make contact regarding their own
know that at times it can seem overwhelming and somewhat tedious
to read through legislative alerts and updates. We all have our
families as our number one priority. But if we want to keep homeschooling
freedoms for our children and grandchildren should we be
so lucky it is essential that we take an active role in
understanding legislative issues and let our elected officials
know where we stand when those freedoms are threatened.
have had discussions with several legislators about how to have
an impact on the legislative process. Across the board, they agreed
that the use of form letters is not an effective way to defeat
bills. These legislators have said that when they receive form
letters, they assume that the individual signing the letter is
just a mouthpiece for an organization and the letter ends up in
the circular file. Several legislators have used as an example
of an effective campaign an effort by Massachusetts nurses to
defeat a bill that would have negatively impacted their profession.
The nurses wrote individual letters each giving his or her personal
reasons why he or she did not want the bill to pass. One legislator
told us that it was the most successful campaign he has ever seen,
and that we can all learn from the way the nurses handled this
particular bill. (If letter writing seems daunting, keep in mind
that even a phone call to your representative stating your position,
for or against, is better than nothing, and better than an AHEM-generated
you can take positive action right now
Find out who your representatives are, add their emails
to your address book and keep their phone numbers handy. Click
here to search using your street address: http://www.wheredoivotema.com/bal/myelectioninfo.php.
Read Taking Charge through Homeschooling
by Larry and Susan Kaseman, to increase awareness of the
political nature of everyday actions and of ways of becoming empowered
If you're inspired to go the extra mile, AHEM welcomes volunteers
to help monitor legislation (a great civics lesson combined with
community service). Find out more at http://www.ahem.info/VirtualVolunteers.htm.
M. Larry and Susan D. Kaseman, Taking Charge through Homeschooling:
Personal and Political Empowerment (Stoughton, WI: Koshkonong
Press, 1990), p. 3.
information on this website does not constitute legal advice;
it is provided for informational purposes only.