Seven reasons why home educators should work to get homeschool friendly candidates elected

 

ü The Ohio OAC 3301-34 can be changed at

        the will and discretion of the State Board of

        Education

ü Currently the State Board of Education has

        few homeschool friendly members. In that

        respect, we are in big trouble

ü Charter school advocates are drowning the

        distinction between virtual/community

        schools and home education

ü Developing relationships will help if home

        educators ever want to work for a new home

        education law

ü If enough support groups participated, home

        educators would hold a certain amount of

        influence

ü Working towards this end would be a great

       “quiet” strategy for preserving our rights

ü Getting involved would give home educators

        in Ohio a positive action step that could be

        used as civics and government studies

Who should families work to get as candidates that are homeschool friendly?

 

Your family may investigate avenues of potential candidate information through:

ü Local and State and national pro-family, pro-life

       groups such as, Eagle Forum, Christian Coalition,

       CHEO, Concerned Women for America, Focus on the

       Family, HSLDA, etc.   

ü The church you attend

ü Local business associations such as Local

      Chambers of Commerce

ü Local Political Party leaders and current politicians

ü Other Christian organizations or associations not

      listed here

Making it Fun

You might want to consider assisting our committee in putting together a Civics or Government co-op with other families and researching election laws. Consider having a high schoolers interview candidates. This can be a great strategy to gather information from a candidate about his or her views. Students could also be trained on how to frame questions so as to not put candidates on the defensive. They could learn as much as possible about where the candidate really stands on issues, thus helping your family on decisions for election day. Candidates often will open up to a high school student more readily than adult constituents. Students also should learn that candidates often intentionally misrepresent themselves on issues to garner their vote. We all need to become wise about listening carefully. The Ohio Secretary of State’s website has excellent resources to get you started! Here are a few links:

 

http://serform2.sos.state.oh.us/sos/voter/index.html—Voter Information

http://serform2.sos.state.oh.us/sos/elections/index.html—Elections Publications (most are downloadable in PDF format and require Adobe Acrobat Reader)

Advantages for your Family

 

ü Your family can become acquainted with your legislators

      and public servants

ü Your children will benefit from a variety of experiences

      that will form their sense of civic responsibilities

ü Your family gains some civic influence in your

     community

Typical Needs in  an Election Campaign

 

ü General and specific

      coordination

ü Locating and identifying

     opportunities for the

     candidate to make

     campaign appearances

ü Locating and identifying

     sign placement

ü Locating and identifying

     financial support

ü Door knocking

ü Phone calling

Selected Bibliography

 

ü         “How to Win A Local Election”, by Judge Lawrence Grey, M. Evans and Company, Inc., 1999

ü         “:30 Seconds to Common Sense”, by Janet Folger, Coral Ridge Ministries Media, 2001

ü         “Politics For The People”, by Bruce Barron, InterVarsity Press, 1996

ü         “True to Life”, by Janet L. Folger, Loyal Publishing, 2000

ü         “Confrontational Politics”, by Senator H.L. Richardson, Ret., Gun Owners Foundation, 1998

ü         "The Blue Book for Grass Roots Politics", by Charles R. Phillips, Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1990

This quote from Barry Sheets, the state director of the American Family Association of Ohio, a Christian pro-family ministry, and founder of Principled Policy, an Ohio Christian think tank:

"To be active and involved means bringing resources, backing an attractive candidate, getting party backing, physical support helps, data analysis polling, networking families with common goals and values who are perhaps not plugged in, etc. We should build campaigns around issues.  The issue of home education and parental rights to direct education IS THE ISSUE. Networking will not cover it all. We need to train individuals on how to look at a poll and someone's voting record. There are generations of voters who don't know what voting is about. To have a 50% voting rate is actually pretty good but we want better. We want to provide opportunities to learn more. "