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2016 IAHE Home Educators’ Convention

April 28 to 30

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The Indiana Association of Home Educators {IAHE} is a not-for-profit organization, founded in 1983, which supports and encourages families interested in home education.

We define home education as parent-directed, home-based, privately-funded education.

Our primary functions are maintaining visibility as home educators with civil government leaders, influencing the legislative process to protect our freedom to home educate, publishing information of interest for home educators, and sponsoring seminars and events to encourage families.

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Seven Reasons Why Indiana Homeschoolers Do Not Need More Regulation

Homeschooling has been a tradition in Indiana for over a century. Due to the longstanding legal environment regarding home education in Indiana, we have seen how less regulation facilitates the parent-directed learning experience. Below are some reasons the Indiana homeschool law works successfully.   1.)  We have the right to operate as a private school.  The Indiana Appellate Court held that the Indiana compulsory attendance law must treat home school programs the same as a private school. In State v. Peterman, 70 N.E. 550 (Ind. App. 1904, the Court said a school at home is a private school. The Court defined a school as “a place where instruction is imparted to the young… We do not think that the number of persons, whether one or many, make a place where instruction is imparted any less or any more a school.” Peterman, 70 N.E. at 551. The court explained further: “Under a law very similar to ours, the Supreme Court of Massachusetts has held that the object and purpose of a compulsory educational law are that all the children shall be educated, not that they shall be educated in any particular way.” Peterman, 70 N.E. at 551. The Court concluded: “The result to be obtained, and not the means or manner of attaining it, was the goal which the lawmakers were attempting to reach. The [compulsory attendance] law was made for the parent, who does not educate his child, and not for the parent who…so places within the reach of the child the opportunity and means of acquiring an education equal to that obtainable in the public schools….” Peterman, 70 N.E. at 552.  ... read more

Lilly Endowment Scholarship

IAHE has received calls from homeschool parents whose children would like to apply for the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship.  They had requested that we contact Lilly on their behalf.   We have been told by many homeschoolers that they had contacted Lilly as well to ask them to consider changing their policy.  Below is a statement that IAHE received from The Lilly Endowment: The Lilly Endowment, is an Indianapolis-based private foundation that is committed to the causes of community development, education and religion.  The Endowment’s Education Division focuses on Indiana’s K-12 schools, colleges and universities and community colleges.  This year, the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program is open to all Indiana residents who graduate from an accredited Indiana high school by 2016 and receive their diploma no later than June 30, 2016, and plan to pursue a full-time baccalaureate course of study at an accredited public or private nonprofit college or university in... read more

I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.

3 John 4

Thank you for your support of the 2015 IAHE Home Educators’ Convention!

I was so, so blessed by such an encouraging, well-organized convention, which I know was a labor of love that involved much hard work and sacrifice from all of the IAHE Board Members and the many other volunteers. Thank you all so very, very much!

Sara B

Support Group Leader

I’m so very thankful to every person who played a part in pulling together a fabulous convention. I have been homeschooling for 13 years and have attended so many conventions. I almost didn’t come this year, but I felt compelled to show my support for the IAHE. I was almost feeling like I’ve outgrown the need for convention. Boy, was I wrong. The sessions I attended were so relevant and timely, offering the exact encouragement I needed to hear.

Angelica G.

Thank you for all of your hard work to put on a fantastic conference! The past few weeks of schooling have been challenging and discouraging to the point that I was thinking maybe I shouldn’t continue with this homeschool journey. I left the conference feeling refreshed, encouraged, strengthened, and energized to keep running the race. Thank you!!!