Have you ever wondered why Indiana homeschoolers need a state organization?
Years ago homeschoolers were few and far between, curriculum resources were less abundant, and connecting with other like-minded families was difficult. In those days, state homeschool organizations were the hub of all things homeschooling. Today, homeschoolers are much easier to find, curriculum vendors seem to pop up everywhere, and many networking opportunities exist, making the need for a state organization seem less obvious. This may feel especially true here in Indiana, a state where homeschooling is less regulated in comparison to many other states. The freedom to educate our children at home is a blessing and a constitutional right. Did you know this right is something the IAHE has actively fought to protect for thirty years? The board members of the IAHE and countless volunteers have worked faithfully behind the scenes in big and little ways to provide many “hidden” benefits to homeschoolers across the state. The Indiana Association of Home Educators (IAHE) was founded by Judge Ken and Joyce Johnson in 1983, the same year as the Homeschool Legal Defense Association (HSLDA), making it one of the earliest state home education organizations in the nation. The IAHE has been lobbying the legislature on behalf of home educators since its inception. When bills are discovered that have the potential to negatively affect homeschool rights, the IAHE contacts HSLDA for their legal opinion. If the proposed legislation has the potential to negatively affect our home educators’ freedoms, IAHE leaders head to the State House and work to prevent it from becoming law. Your homeschooling rights have been protected by the IAHE in numerous sessions of the state legislature. The IAHE board also works closely with national organizations to stay informed about issues that homeschooling families in other states are facing in an effort to avoid those challenges here at home. IAHE also works with Dr. Brian Ray of the National Home Education Research Institute (NHERI). As a member of the National Alliance of Christian Home Education Leadership, the IAHE networks with other state leaders in the home education movement. These types of relationships provide mutual encouragement, idea sharing, and benefits to homeschooling families statewide.