"House Bill 2795 would subject non-public school students, including
homeschool students, to additional state testing. It would require
them to take subject matter tests based upon state-approved textbooks.
It would also require them to pass the Tennessee comprehensive
assessment program tests before receiving a high school diploma. These
new testing requirements would also apply to students being taught at
home through extension or satellite programs of church-related
If House Bill 2795 passes, it will essentially mean the end of
homeschooling in Tennessee. Parents deciding to teach their children
at home would have to conform their curriculum to the material taught
in public school in order for their children to be able to pass the
state tests. The Tennessee Department of Education, not parents, would
determine whether a student taught at home was eligible to receive a
high school diploma. "
The problem with this bill is much bigger than what book we will use. We believe whole-heartedly that this is an attempt by the enemy to crush our homeschool freedoms. This is a spiritual battle. He would like nothing more than to make us slaves of the state. If this bill were to pass, we would no longer be able to homeschool according to how the Spirit directs each family. We would no longer be able to teach to individual interests, giftings, and needs. Satan hates most homeschoolers, because so many of us are training our children to love the Lord with all of their hearts and to follow His ways. He can't get his hands on them with all of the typical trappings of the school system, so he's desperate to stop us.
James and I have never been politically active beyond voting, and some occasional emails to legislators. However, God convicted both of us yesterday, that we should be at the sub-committee meeting in Nashville later this week. Our area homeschool association has asked for homeschooling families to attend. Pray for our travel safety, for the girls to sit patiently and still during the meeting, and for this bill to be stopped in it's tracks. For fellow Tenn homeschoolers, please, please, email and call your legislators before Wed.!! If you need the information, email me, and I will send it to you. (Just a note to any would-be lurking burgulars : ) my house will still be full of people housesitting and taking care of ALL OF OUR DOGS!)
While we're in Nashville, we plan to take the girls to the state capitol and other buildings in downtown, as well as the Children's Museum.
This is a praise dance (mostly sign language) from 2 weeks ago. Ashley and Briana are the 2 in the center. I wish the video wasn't so jerky! At the end there is a picture of a burning bush up on the screen.