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A lawsuit was filed against Robert and Shirley Calabretta in February 1995. HSLDA represented them and argued on their behalf until the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in their favor on August 26, 1999.
Protecting Our Families

We were members of HSLDA and never thought we would personally use their services. In fact, we often told people, "We're supporting HSLDA to keep homeschooling legal, and to help that guy back in Iowa." We have found firsthand in our case that the government institutions really do believe that our children belong to them. We have to be able to protect our families to homeschool them.

—Robert & Shirley Calabretta


The Andersons were denied approval to homeschool and threatened with fines & imprisonment. Through HSLDA's intervention, prosecution was averted.
From the Front Lines

Be sure you have a clear conviction and defensible understanding for what you are doing. Remain poised and refuse to be intimidated. Pray with authority. Secure the support of a local homeschool network (there is safety in numbers). Do as much legwork as necessary to provide thorough, accurate, real-time information to HSLDA on the situation (if you are not HSLDA members, prayerfully consider supporting this expert legal burden-bearing ministry). At all times, maintain an attitude of calm grace toward those who oppose you, saying or doing nothing by attitude that can give school department personnel reasons to justify their intrusiveness or stoke their own spirit of suspicion, but giving every reason to win them over.

—Chris Anderson


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About HSLDA



J. Michael Smith, HSLDA President

“We are committed to home education, not only as a legal right, but also as an educational opportunity and spiritual blessing. As a Christian organization, we advocate the right of all families to homeschool regardless of their religious affiliation, and we believe God has blessed our efforts on behalf of the homeschooling community.”

In 1983, two homeschooling dads who also happened to be lawyers—Michael P. Farris and J. Michael Smith—founded Home School Legal Defense Association to defend and advance the constitutional rights of parents to direct the education of their children and protect family freedoms. Since then, HSLDA has defended hundreds of families whose choice to teach their own children was being challenged in the courts, legislatures, and media. Today, more than 80,000 HSLDA members—families like yours—stand together to protect homeschool rights and freedoms.

Why should I join?

Protection for my right to homeschool 24/7. We’re here to defend your right to homeschool. Our legal team can answer your questions, interact with school district officials on your behalf, and intervene if your right to homeschool is threatened.

Our emergency answering service offers access to an HSLDA attorney after regular business hours—24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Consistent with IRS regulations, we cannot guarantee representation in every case. However, in practice, we have come to the aid of thousands of members and many nonmembers to protect and advance the right of all to homeschool.

Protection for my front door. HSLDA will help stop social workers or any other government officials from conducting unwarranted searches in your home.

Protection for my homeschooling community. Even if you never need to call HSLDA, your membership helps other families who need us! Each year, thousands of families are able to confidently step into the “unknown” of homeschooling because they’ve got friends—like you—standing beside them.


How else can HSLDA help me...

  • Stay connected and informed? HSLDA’s e-lert service notifies you immediately whenever legislation threatens homeschooling in your state; our website offers the latest homeschooling news, resources, links, and analysis of issues you care about; and our bimonthly membership magazine, the Home School Court Report, brings you in-depth reporting on our current cases.


  • Teach my struggling learner? HSLDA’s special needs coordinators offer expert counseling and helpful materials to members whose children face special challenges.


  • Homeschool my high schooler or younger child? Our high school and toddlers to tweens consultants are just a phone call or email away, ready to offer advice, resources, and encouragement for the different stages of homeschooling.


  • Save money? Your membership includes specially negotiated discounts with nationwide companies. See www.hslda.org/memberdiscounts.

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