This is a long read.
So please, please, please take the time to read it thoroughly.
It will be a treat to know and learn that our freedoms to homeschool was with a great price in which we all have the privilege to *eat the fruit* of *now.*
The below information was supplied by SCHEA (South Carolina Home Educators Association) which is a state organization that works to maintain the homeschooling freedoms and rights for home schoolers in SC. SCHEA was around at the start when our freedoms for homeschooling became a reality particularly under Option 3.
SCHEA is NOT to be confused with SCAIHS (South Carolina Association of Independent Home Schools) which is a great group that provides schooling under Option 2.
Today while at a SCHEA meeting I had the privilege of meeting a representative from SCHAIS. And though against the views and thoughts of many misinformed homeschoolers (and against a few biases that I had always had of SCHAIS) SCHAIS is a friend to Option 3 and to Option 3 homeschoolers.
I learned today, once again that you must go to the *horses mouth* to gain the truth about a subject else you receive 2nd hand information that may not be true. Just someone’s bias.
I’ll be sharing more about SCHEA and SCHAIS at a later date maybe.
For now here is the HISTORY OF HOMESCHOOLING IN SC!! :)
Sit down and drink a cup of coffee or tea while you read this🙂
A History of Homeschooling in South Carolina
Prior to June 1988, the doctrine of “substantial equivalence” was the law that governed homeschools in South Carolina. Under this doctrine, parents had to prove to the complete satisfaction of a local school board that their proposed homeschool would provide as “substantially equivalent” a learning environment as that of the local public or private school. While some districts’ school boards were willing to approve homeschools, others were not. Even the friendly districts required home visits, approval of teaching texts, and other, sometimes intrusive, requirements. In some districts, good relationships existed between homeschooling families and the district officials. In a large number of districts, however, homeschoolers had a difficult time proving “substantial equivalence” to highly critical, and sometimes even hostile, school boards. The result in these situations was almost predictable: permission to homeschool denied. For families living in hostile districts, and who believed that God had called them to homeschool, the choices included moving to a new, more receptive, school district or homeschooling under threat of legal action.
As a result of this unequal treatment from district to district, families that homeschooled in South Carolina prior to June 1988 sometimes did so at great risk of facing criminal truancy charges. These families were not rebellious; they were politely but firmly asserting their God-directed responsibilities and telling those in government (public) schools, “No thank you, teaching my children is my responsibility, not yours.” Most were simply trying to teach their children in the way that they should go and were convinced that home education was God’s call for their life. They were willing to go to the statehouse, the courthouse, and even the jailhouse if necessary to obey this calling. What they were not willing to do was to surrender their children to the State. Nor were they willing to back down from unjust government bureaucracy.
Slowly, these homeschooling parents banded together and formed small support organizations. The organizations they formed had a variety of names and some are still in existence. One such group was the Carolina Family School Association. This group, which was originally located in Goose Creek, South Carolina, became the statewide homeschool support group; its name was changed to the South Carolina Home Educators Association (SCHEA). SCHEA was formed to obtain a legislative solution for homeschools, and to provide support and encouragement to homeschools at the state level. Originally, SCHEA had approximately ninety members.
During the time of “substantial equivalence,” the homeschool movement continued to grow, and an increasing number of local school boards began to hesitate in their challenge of homeschooling families. This was especially true for those families represented by Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA). It was during this era, however, that the State Department of Education (SDE) began to quietly take on the task of suppressing homeschooling. In December 1985, the SDE drafted a proposed regulation that would force homeschooling parents to have an accredited B.A. (or B.S.) Degree, and for all homeschooling programs to use state-approved texts. Homeschoolers were not aware of these proposed regulations’ existence until they were being considered by the General Assembly in April 1986. With only a few weeks to react, homeschoolers went on the offensive. They prayed, they planned and they acted. All conventional wisdom (as well as friendly politicians), said, “You can’t win. This regulation is going to be enacted.” But, on May 12, 1986, nearly four hundred homeschool supporters gathered at the public hearing of this regulation to hear Dr. Raymond Moore and other supporters speak on behalf of homeschools. The questions asked, the material presented, and the voters counted caused consideration of this regulation to be delayed until the following legislative year. This delay gave homeschoolers time to mount a sustained offensive, and in February 1987, the proposed regulation was defeated and sent back to the SDE.
All was quiet for a few days until a SCHEA board member was notified by a young member of the State House of Representatives that the SDE had new plans for homeschools, and that those plans would not be acceptable to homeschoolers. Working with the legislator, a committee was formed with the SDE and SCHEA to hammer out a draft homeschool law. Each side had issues on which they would not budge, and the compromise bill which was introduced was distasteful to both sides. Positives on the homeschool side were that the requirement for a Bachelor’s degree was dropped and the ability to choose homeschooling texts was obtained. However, after the committee work ended the SDE suddenly claimed that its own representatives on the committee were “not its representatives after all,” and immediately began fighting the bill. During this entire time, HSLDA provided much-needed legal support both at the state level and for individual families faced with legal threats.
The homeschool bill was battled throughout the rest of the 1987-88 session. The final showdown came on the last week of the session. Hostile House members offered amendment after amendment to kill or further weaken the bill. Supporters defeated each one until an Education Entrance Examination (EEE) test amendment was proposed. The amendment would require that homeschooling parents without a college degree take what was known as the EEE test for prospective schoolteachers. There was a one-year grace period prior to this amendment being enacted. The law passed, and governor signed it during June 1988. This statute, 59-65-40, allowed (and still allows) homeschools to operate under the supervision of a local school district. Homeschoolers found this law to be burdensome, but overall, this law was a major victory for homeschoolers because, for the first time, all local school districts in the state were forced to approve any homeschool that met the new requirements.
During the summer of 1988, a period of calm settled in as plans to homeschool under the new law ensued. More local school districts chose to become relatively unconcerned about homeschools. In fact, some local school districts became very helpful, using pro-homeschooling interpretations of the new law. For homeschoolers living in those districts, working with the local schools was, and in some cases continues to be, a positive experience. However, some at the SDE and some local school districts had difficulty accepting this turn of events. In non-friendly school districts the new law was tediously interpreted with long and detailed application processes, and in some cases, bureaucratic harassment. As soon as the one-year grace period on the “Triple E” lapsed in 1989, parents without college degrees felt the full weight of the SDE and local school boards. Applications were denied, including applications from those families who had homeschooled successfully, but where the teaching parent did not pass the EEE.
Home School Legal Defense Association brought a class-action suit on behalf of non-college-degreed parents in South Carolina. The case went all the way to the State Supreme Court, where the EEE test was ruled invalid in 1991. After this ruling, another period of relative calm returned to those under the homeschooling law, as long as the homeschools continued to adhere to tedious application processes and to school district reviews of homeschoolers’ academic work.
Concurrent with the EEE lawsuit, homeschooling leaders began exploring a provision in the law which might allow for a homeschool supervisory organization to be formed under the umbrella of the private school portion of the compulsory attendance law, Section 59-65-10. With much prayer and consultation, the decision was made to try to create a homeschooling supervisory organization operated by homeschoolers under the umbrella of the South Carolina Independent Schools Association (SCISA). This was then changed to be a stand-alone organization. In 1990, the South Carolina Association of Independent Home Schools (SCAIHS) was formed and modeled after the private schools’ association. SCAIHS originally required its members to join HSLDA in preparation for the expected legal battles. They did not have long to wait.
At the beginning of the 1990 school year, eleven families in Lexington District 5 were charged with criminal truancy as a result of homeschooling under SCAIHS supervision. Some were awakened as early as 5:00 A.M. by law enforcement officers serving them papers and demanding to talk with their children. This resulted in two court cases, one in Lexington County and one in Richland County. All other school districts in the state agreed to wait on completion of these two cases before beginning any action against SCAIHS members in other jurisdictions. Both cases were lost. The judges maintained that this was a legislative matter and needed to be resolved in the state legislature. As preparations for appeal were being made, the leadership of SCAIHS was contacted by the SDE. They were informed that the SDE was “tired of fighting homeschoolers.” They indicated that not only did homeschoolers have lawyers, they had very good (HSLDA) ones. Representatives from the SDE stated that they would not block legislation to grant legal status to SCAIHS. The SDE refused however, to accept SCAIHS’s and SCHEA’s request to allow for other private supervisory organizations. The SDE would not budge on that issue. After more prayer, planning, and action, the next chapter in South Carolina’s homeschooling freedom became law on April 8, 1992. Now, homeschoolers at SCAIHS could supervise homeschools under Statute 59-65-45.
With the passage of the SCAIHS law, even more local school districts adopted a somewhat relaxed view of homeschools, while others maintained a somewhat adversarial climate. With this newer law a large number of homeschoolers were very satisfied, and many continue to be so, as SCAIHS meets a variety of needs for homeschools in the state. Some homeschoolers found that the original law was working well in their individual school districts. Still others prayed and pursued greater options and freedoms.
In 1996 the time had arrived. A group of homeschoolers working with the State Senate were able to attach a third homeschooling law to an existing bill. The original wording of this proposed law sparked concerns. The debate which ensued between homeschoolers and legislators, and homeschoolers themselves, once again presented growing pains as the details of this “third option” law were worked through. Bill language changes were made and on June 20, 1996, Statute 59-65-47 went into effect. This law created the opportunity for any number of private homeschooling accountability associations to exist. Since passage of 59-65-47, several accountability associations have provided many different services and have met the needs of many homeschoolers across the state. This most recent legal option gave South Carolina homeschooling parents additional choices, thus increasing their freedom to homeschool as they saw fit.
It is our desire that this brief overview will help your understanding of the development of South Carolina’s homeschooling laws. It is due to the sacrificial efforts of the early pioneers in the homeschooling movement in South Carolina that we have the wonderful freedom, which we all now enjoy. To them, we are truly grateful.
– SCHEA ( South Carolina Home Educators Association)
The idea of the website has continually evolved since it’s conception in June 2014.
All I can say is that I *believe* that the Lord continues to add new vision and purpose to the website and how it can/should be used by the homeschooling community.
http://www.UCHUpstate.com is to be a RESOURCE.
A RESOURCE of homeschool information, helps, education and camaraderie for our community and abroad.
Here on the website you will find almost every aspect of homeschooling covered for your use and assistance.
As many of you are in remote areas homschooilng or may not be at liberty to leave your home because you are the main care-giver in the home…..now you have a NEW element as a resource for you to connect with the homeschooling community…….Homeschool Moms LIVE! Chat.
Now you can log into Homeschool Moms LIVE! Chat and chat with our UCHU community!
Receive immediate encouragement.
Connect and meet others.
Go to the menu that says *Homeschool Moms LIVE! Chat*, enter the password that you have been given as a member of UCHU, type in your name when you come into the room and began chatting with whomever is in the room!
If you can think of ANYTHING at all that you would like to see available on http://www.UCHUpstate.com please let me know.🙂
Serving you and yours,
The Chandler Learning & Development Center:
Located in the suburbs of Greenville, The Chandler Learning & Development Center is making an impact for Jesus! This is one suburb that is surrounded by its own Nature Study as well as a Horticultural backyard explorers experience. Our goal is to love from a pure heart, a good conscience and a sincere faith (I Timothy 1:5) Here, at TCLDC, we have the freedom to learn and function outside of the box. Our home school provides an eclectic approach to learning. The instructor is skilled in providing in-house therapy for students who have different learning difficulties and learning styles. We have a 2:1 ratio and are “training-up” entrepreneurs to be independent thinkers…outside of the traditional box.
Remember The Chandler Learning & Development Center, raising a generation to know God and make Him known through Jesus.
Waugh Christian School:
Welcome to the Waugh’s Christian Academy where we promote our love for God and enjoy learning about everything.
Shine Christian Academy:
Country, mountain, farm setting presents a home school highly regarded for its top notch academics, classical music studies in violin and piano, 7 to 1 student to teacher ratio and a Christ-centered education. The school’s guidance counselors, teacher and principal ensures that a classical and traditional education is implemented at this year around home school. Recent alumnus has studied abroad in Norway and Texas to now continue studies as a classical violinist.
Nestled in the serene forests of Eastside of Sbg. Journey Preparatory Academy is in its 5th year of existence. The school is known for its multi-talented and gifted student and looks to expand its enrollment in the coming school year. We also pride ourselves on an awesome cooking and diverse music program.
If you would like to join the ranks of being listed as One of the *TOP* Home Schools in the Upstate…..please forward me your information and short synopsis of what your home school offers.🙂 Deadline for entries WEDNESDAY, September 10, 2014🙂
In case you were wondering what the accountability association membership cards were all about, well there are quite a few purposes for them:
1. If ever asked if you were a home educator you can say “Yes, I am” and then show them the card.😛
2. If every asked if you were a current and up-to-date member with an accountability association, you can say, “Why Yes I am.” and then show them your card.😛
3. If you are out and about and see some great deals being offering to educators YOU CAN PULL OUT YOUR CARD AND SHOW PROOF OF BEING AN EDUCATOR…….A HOME EDUCATOR!🙂
Well, what type of discounts or special offerings can you take advantage of, you ask?
Here’s a small list just to name a few.
But to add to the list are:
*our local zoos
*basically anywhere that states they offer discounts to educators.
You just show them your accountability association card and then ENJOY THE SAVINGS AND DISCOUNTS!!!🙂
(Just click on the blue link/lettering down below that will take you directly to the website with the information on it.)
“Homeschooled children test at least one grade level ahead of public schooled children and have fewer behavioral problems.”
Homeschool Moms and Dads, if you are wondering if all your hard work it fruitless?
If for all your hard work nothing is being gained?
Well here is some encouragement for your hard work for those (at least) 180 days of schooling your children.🙂
Being with them 24/7.
Dealing with all the work.
Discipline. And Hard times.
“With fall quickly approaching, many schools are in session again. Perhaps in some homes, school never stops. It is estimated that approximately 2.2 million children in the United States are homeschooled. When thinking of homeschool the common question is asked whether the education is as good as public school. Studies are reporting amazing evidence to support those parents who labor to teach their children within the home.” ~Lynn Griffith
Then read more………. (Click on the blue lettering below which will take you to the actual web link)
This evening I received the above question to which I answered using the following citation. I think many homeschooling families may find this information vital to their home educating of their 7th/8th grade students.
From the Code of Regulations, Article 19, 43.232 which provides the following:
I. Basic Program/Curriculum for Grades 6-8
B. High School Credit
When approved by the principal and the parents, a student promoted to the seventh or eighth grade may take units of ninth grade or higher work for high school credit.
Many of our state accountability associations have used the following ‘rules of thumbs:’
*A student can only take core subjects in 7th or 8th grade not to include physical education, keyboarding or computer applications.
*A student in the 7th or 8th grade can only gain credit for an elective course if they are also taking a core class that is a high school credit worthy course.
Rule of thumbs mean that they are ‘created’ or ‘decided’ to be a good rule to follow but is not actually stated in state regulations.
If a parent deems that their student is able to handle the rigor and challenge of high school courses in middle school then by all means the homeschooling parent has the freedom to make that determination.
If the student does not fair well in the high school subject while in the 7th or 8th grade then the home educator has the freedom to have the student retake the course in their high schooling years.
The following SC UGS can appy:
“Students taking courses for a Carnegie unit prior to their ninth grade year, only the 9th grade retake grade will be used in figuring the student’s gpa, and only the 9th grade attempt will be shown on the transcript. This grade will apply whether the grade earned is higher or lower than the pre-ninth grade attempt.”
Are you or have you been on the search for the various homeschool clubs, sports teams and co-ops serving our homeschooling community in the Upsate?
Then please go no further…..
On our http://www.UCHUpstate.com website you will find listed all the ones that I am aware of to get you connected to.
Go to the tab >>>Upstate Co-op/Clubs
Choose>>>> Upstate Clubs/Sports Teams
Choose >>>> Co-ops/Academies
There you will find all of our local co-ops/Clubs. If there are any that I don’t have listed please let me know. I’d be more than happy to add them if they are interested in that.🙂
Hope that Helps!
Believe it or not, there is money out there to be given for scholarship……you just ‘gotta’ do the work to try and receive the FREE monies that is there to be had.
It’s ALWAYS a great idea to start looking at scholarships around the 9th grade. Some scholarships will allow you to apply earlier than you would normally think.
The years will fly by before you know it. Being prepared ahead of time is better than trying to chase the speeding ‘ball of deadlines’ if you are almost through 12th grade.
I have put a list of scholarship resources here on http://www.UCHUpstate.com for your conveniences and ‘search’ pleasure. :p
Go to ‘Homeschool Resources’ tab then choose ‘Scholarship Info.’
Or just go here>>>>> http://uchupstate.com/homeschool-resources/scholarship-info/
Hope that helps!!