Battling Misinformation

Battling Misinformation

The Iowa Legislature is now in session, and we’re hearing that there’s a lot of confusion and misinformation floating around the state capitol building. We shouldn’t be surprised, considering the recent attacks against homeschooling freedom.

Homeschooling & Child Abuse Fatalities

Recent tragic deaths of Iowa teenagers have focused attentions on efforts to identify the causes and propose responses. Because neither were attending an accredited school at the time their distressing deaths occurred, some have called for increased regulation of Iowa homeschooling families.

Be Prepared for IPI As a Legislative Target

IPI As a Legislative Target

As the January 8 opening of the 2018 Iowa Legislative Session approaches, anti-homeschool rumblings can continually be heard. High-profile individuals and organizations are calling for increased regulation and oversight for homeschooling families. In a recent public forum and in a published editorial, the American Association of University Women addressed the topic of homeschooling in Iowa – especially Independent Private Instruction … Read More

Public School Alters Form

Public School Alters Form

“Oh, look! The school district included the NICHE IPI form in the information packet they sent me. I’ll just fill it out and send it in.” Sounds simple; right? And how nice that the school district used a NICHE form; right? Not so fast. Let’s take a closer look at the form.

How Quickly Could Our Homeschooling Freedoms Be Destroyed?

How Quickly Could Our Homeschool Freedoms Be Destroyed

The devastating destruction resulting from a violent storm that struck our farm last week has caused me to think of how quickly life can change. On Thursday afternoon, our crops were healthy and growing. My garden looked beautiful, full of well-tended plants, already yielding produce. On Thursday evening, all was destroyed. Our crops were decimated. My garden was devastated. What does this have … Read More

Preserving Homeschool Freedom for the Next Generation

Preserving Homeschooling Freedom

Some policymakers are trying to use recent heartbreaking deaths of two young women as “examples of homeschooling gone wrong,” suggesting that ALL home educating parents should be uniformly suspected as abusers and, therefore, their children should be subjected to individual investigation.