fall we tried to start a political action committee in CHESCA and had a
sparse turnout. The committee consisted of a few diligent people. This
February, I had the opportunity to speak to support group leaders from around
Ohio at the CHEO Support Group Leaders Symposium about involving support
groups in election campaigns. Melanie Elsey requested that I explain how we
supported candidates. If you would be interested in our committee and have
fresh ideas on motivating homeschoolers to take the plunge, please email me
or call me at (330) 497-6776 and let me know what you think about political
action. This is a critical time in Ohio as most of the State of Ohio Board of
Education is not in favor of our homeschool rights.
Here are the areas we are considering for a structure
in this committee.
Phone Trees - We need someone who will help in the
documentation, implementation and maintenance of a CHESCA-wide phone tree.
This person should work with someone in each Nurture Group to ensure that
information is carried instantly and accurately. This should not be a time
consuming responsibility, unless we become embroiled in a fight for our home
Letter Writers - There is a need to develop a team of
people who have an interest in writing, effectively. A well-timed letter to
the editor of a local newspaper can sometimes start an engagement of public
debate and thus win the battle for public opinion. If we write with
effectiveness, many good things can come out of it. However, it requires
coordination and strategy to work, in conjunction with, other families who
will write and represent their family's views.
Research Team - Various issues and candidates need to be
examined and researched in order for CHESCA's political action strength to
make a difference. We need a team of people to draw off of the materials that
come from various sources, including that of our own Melanie Elsey. Melanie's
emails have been very accurate and precise. However, they need to be cut into
bite-sized pieces. We need talented people to break the information down, to
be consumed by our membership, that will enable us all to take action.
Candidate Teams - In order to have an effective network,
we need to support good, solid candidates during their election campaigns.
Whether they run for a local position, such as a local school board member,
county commissioner, or they run for a state or federal legislative position,
candidates that support home education need our help. God can provide great
provision through the right people being in the right position at the right
Media/Publicity Team - We need people who are
discrete, well mannered, quick on their feet, and will represent home
education in the best possible light. This team will become equipped to
become acquainted with media contacts. If you have an interest in bringing
home education issues to the community, then this may be the place you would
want to serve.
Position Writers - We need interested people to help
"frame" an issue into a solid position. As a result, CHESCA can
then release position papers, in conjunction with Melanie Elsey's and CHEO's
Library Manuals - We have people willing to keep tabs on
certain libraries but we could use more help on this. If you have an interest
in keeping this valuable resource updated, please let us know.
CHESCA Approved Assessors -
We need someone to keep contact with our end-of the-year assessors. Not much
work, but needs to be done.