In a recent Gallup poll gauging how Americans felt about public education, 30% said they were “very dissatisfied,” while only 10% were “very satisfied.” Another study by the US Department of Education reported that the number of homeschooled children in the United States climbed by 61.8 percent between 2003 and 2012 (the last date this study was done).
If nothing else, these studies show us that parents are considering other options in their search to find the best educational choices for their children and families. We applaud parents for investigating and praying about these important decisions.
While homeschooling is completely legal in the United States, sometimes new school superintendents change homeschooling requirements and issue rules that do not comply with state law. We’re also seeing situations where local school principals do not approve of homeschooling and place roadblocks in the way of parents wishing to withdraw their child from public education. These situations are real and they are happening across America. The NCLL Homeschool Center division exists to help parents navigate these types of frustrating situations, as well as to help them get and stay compliant with homeschooling laws.
We also serve Christian schools, other ministries involved with education, and homeschool co-op groups on a regular basis. We can work with your organization to assure that you can operate completely within the law and enjoy the exercise of religious freedom.
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It’s Legal. Where do we go from here?
As the whole country now knows, the United States Supreme Court just recently legalized same-sex marriage across the country. Many churches, pastors, and individuals are asking and wondering what they can do to protect themselves in light of this decision. At this time, it is too early to tell how this case will be interpreted by lower courts and what the practical implications of the decision will be, as well as what legislative fallout this will produce. However, the NCLL has been providing advice to churches on this issue for several years in anticipation that this day would eventually come.
How to protect your ministry:
- Be sure your ministry bylaws contain a statement or confession of faith that defines the ministry’s position on marriage and sexuality. Any prospective members should be required to acknowledge, in writing, their agreement with the statement.
- Have a facility use policy that clearly states that all events, including weddings, held on any grounds owned, leased or rented by the church, or performed by any minister of the church, must align with the ministry’s statement of faith.
- Include in any volunteer or paid ministry job descriptions the requirement to live, both on- and off-duty, in accordance with the ministry’s statement of faith.
For more information, download our August Resource of the Month: Marriage in America: What have we come to?
- The phones are ringing off the hook! In the weeks since the Supreme Court decision, our attorneys have answered literally hundreds of emails, phone calls, texts, and social media messages about the Supreme Court decision and its coming impact on America.
- God is growing the NCLL! We will soon be opening up new office space in North Carolina and Southern California to provide better service for our NCLL supporters and partners in these areas of the country. These will be in addition to our offices in Washington, DC, Texas, and Florida.
- The NCLL is gearing up for school! With another school year just around the corner, the NCLL has been actively assisting many of our Homeschool Center families, helping them with compliance, record-keeping, and other legal questions. All summer, we have also been providing legal advice to public and Christian school teachers and administrators regarding their handbooks, standards of conduct, employment and liability questions, and, of course, how to approach this school year given the Supreme Court’s decision on gay marriage.