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Missouri Coalition Against Common Core

                           Working to regain local control of education in Missouri.

Non-Common Core Aligned Curriculum For Home Schooling Families

Tina Hollenbeck has put together a list of resources for homeschool parents who are making curriculum choices.

The TWO MASTER LISTS (A-L and M-Z) - identify which homeschool-related companies and products have explicitly chosen to align with the CCS/NexGen/C3, which have some sort of coincidental connection, which are correlated, and which have chosen to remain independent. They contain important explanatory notes wherever necessary for clarity.

Please go to her site for more information.

Want standardized tests that aren't CC aligned too?

While it's expected that the newest versions of nearly all standardized tests will likely become aligned to the CCS/NGSS/C3, Tina Hollenbeck has researched and listed all the common national tests that homeschoolers use, along with testing services that offer older versions of some of the different tests. Tina does this voluntarily, but could sure use your support. Please go to her page(s) directly and consider donating.

Homeschool Connections

If you make the choice to homeschool, you are reclaiming your right to educate your child as deem appproriate. In the end, you are their best and only advocate. There are several groups around the state that you can connect with to help you get started.

Arnold Region Christian Home Educators

The purpose of A.R.C.H.E. is to provide support to Christian parents in the Arnold region who are or will be educating their children at home. Support may include field trips; programs and events such as a project fair, recognition ceremony, Christmas and summer fellowship and/or field day; activities such as meetings featuring informative and/or encouraging speakers and/or topics of interest to the membership, and for fellowship opportunities; a resource library; and a newsletter.

Christian Home Educators Fellowship (CHEF)

CHEF (Christian Home Educators Fellowship) is a network of homeschool support groups and other homeschool contacts, organized and operated by volunteer representatives of the participating support groups. They meet bi-monthly with the resolve to encourage and facilitate communication and fellowship between homeschool support groups and other conservative family organizations for the sharing of ideas, mutual support, and cooperatively working together to train, nurture and minister to all homeschoolers. There are several in Missouri. The link above is to a page that lists all of them.

Families for Home Education (FHE)

The purpose of FHE is to protect the inalienable right of parents in Missouri to teach their own children without state regulation and control.

LEARN Homeschool Support Group

An all-inclusive, secular, home education support network based in the metro Kansas City area, L.E.A.R.N., was born in 1994 when a handful of families gathered to share friendship, activities and homeschooling resources. Currently L.E.A.R.N. supports 200 families with a wide variety of ideologies regarding home education. These families reside in Kansas, Missouri and Iowa, and belong to L.E.A.R.N. as part of their home education support network.

Raymore Home Educators

RHE offers meetings, field trips, a book club, and more.

Saint Charles Christian Home Educators (SCCHE)

Saint Charles Christian Home Educators (SCCHE) offers support and fellowship for home educators in the Saint Charles area.

St Charles County, Missouri Unschoolers

This email group is intended for unschoolers in the St. Charles County, Missouri, area.

St. Louis Homeschooling Activities, Resources, & Encouragement (SHARE)

S.H.A.R.E. is an independent support group organized and operated by moms and dads who are homeschooling their children in South City/County St. Louis, Missouri.

TORCH of St. Louis Catholic Homeschool Group

TORCH of St. Louis is a Catholic support group offering support and information to Catholic home educators.

West County Christian Home Educators (WCCHE)

West County Christian Home Educators is a Christian support group. Offers information for new homeschoolers, activities, group activities, resources, and support.

Had Enough of Public School Yet?

This spring's forced testing situation has caused a lot of parents to rethink their decision to leave their children in the public school. From administrator's lying to them, to threats against parents for being on school property, to policies that force children to sit and stare for hours to meet the district's testing goals in opposition to parental directives, many parents have had enough. They are ready to make the leap into home schooling.

Here we are going to share just a few things you should know about that moment of transition.

You have the right to educate your child any way you choose in this state (home, private, parochial). You have other rights that the public school is not required to inform you of and may try to take advantage of your ignorance of these rights when you inform them that you are unenrolling your child from the district. Please take a moment to read about these rights and then we strongly encourage you to connect with Families for Home Education, a Missouri group of home schoolers, to learn more about what you can do after you tell the school you are not leaving your child in their care any more.

1. You are only required to notify the school of your intent to withdraw your child from their enrollment lists. You do not have to tell them what you intend to do next although you may tell them of your intent to home school.

Several districts will, at this point, push a large and intimidating survey/form at the parent and tell them they have to fill it out. This form may ask detailed invasive questions like; how much schooling you have had, what curriculum do you intend to use, how often and with what tests do you plan to make sure your child is learning all they should. The intent of this form is to intimidate the parent into rethinking their decision to assume their role as educator of their child. YOU ARE NOT REQUIRED BY LAW TO PROVIDE ANY OF THIS INFORMATION. You may simply refuse the form or throw it away at home.

The district may use this form to indicate that you are enrolling in the district as a home school student. This is not required by law and provides no benefit to your child. If, at a later date, you decide that you want to gain access to some special services from the district that are available for your child according to state law, you may then sign forms indicating your desire to be so listed. A district is not allowed, by law, to deny you the right to re-enroll your child so long as you can demonstrate that you live within district boundaries.

2. You are not required to restate annually your intent to continue home schooling or to provide the district with any further information on how your child is being educated. For instance, if you decide to later enroll your child in a private school, you are not obligated to inform the district of this decision. Many former public school families receive annual phone calls or letters from the home district asking for this information. One parent even had a social worker come to the house asking this information. You are not required by law to supply it.

3. Compulsory education in this state begins at age 7. There is no reason for the school district to know anything about your educational choices prior to that age and no law currently requiring it.

Want to learn more about homeschooling?

There are some things you are required to do as a home schooling parent once you get into it. To learn more about your rights and options for homeschooling here in Missouri, you can go to:

If you know of local meetings of home schoolers that will be addressing common core's impact on your students and/or curriculum, please post them on the Coalition calendar or drop us a note and we will promote them on this page.