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Everest Academy is a ministry of Everest Family Church in Hayden. We offer freedom along with quality resources, information, activities and support to those homeschooling in Alabama. We believe that the parent has the best interests of their children at heart. We believe that the parent is the first and only teacher that a child needs. In keeping with this philosophy, we wish to be a very hands-off cover school and allow the parent to lead and guide their children in the direction and at the pace they feel is best suited to their children. We ask only for what the law requires while offering support along with quality resources to aid families in their efforts.

Common Core State Standards Initiative

Update on the November 10, 2011 Meeting Concerning Common Core Standards:

The Governor bravely introduced his resolution to rescind Common Core Standards and explained his position as one having to protect the state from federal encroachment. However, Randy McKinney introduced a substitute resolution which affirmed the resolution passed in November 2010 by the State Board of Education. Although it does nothing to extract us from CCS and its implementation will cost the state hundreds of millions to implement, Mr. McKinney's resolution passed six to three.

Governor Bentley stood firm and did not waiver in his position to rescind the CCS resolution. He presented his resolution with heartfelt passion and great resolve. Stephanie Bell and Betty Peters have spent untold hours gathering information on Common Core Standards so their understanding of these standards was crystal clear. They have tirelessly fought this battle with steadfastness and great intensity. To Governor Bentley, Stephanie, and Betty, we offer our sincere gratitude.

Thank you for your phone calls, emails, letters, and personal visits to the Governor and BOE members. Although the resolution to rescind Common Core Standards did not pass, it was quite evident you made a huge impression. It was stated by one of the BOE members that he received so many calls and emails that it was impossible to answer each one. Once again, CHEF's constituents came through and we are most grateful.

We are very thankful that The Home School Legal Defense Association will continue to monitor the effects of CCSSI on all states and will work to protect the freedom to education our children at home.

In this Thanksgiving season, we have much to be grateful for. The privilege of educating our children is one we should never take for granted. Just this past week, we received a prayer request from homeschool leaders in New Jersey stating that "NJ is about to be hit with a Bill that would make NJ the worst state to homeschool in. If this Bill is introduced and passed, we will have gone from the easiest state to the worst. We would ask for your prayers as we deal with this."

We also received a prayer request concerning the country of Bulgaria. A new piece of legislation is being considered that would grant state and social workers the right to intrude on family life and values, and impose state-directed recommendations which parents will be obligated to follow or be punished in the form of fines, loss of their children, and/or imprisonment.

So, as we gather with family this Thanksgiving, let us be especially thankful for our right to homeschool and pray for that right to continue, offering special prayers for these two recent requests.

Happy Thanksgiving,
Rusty Tate
CHEF of Alabama


Initial Posting, October 12, 2011:
Common Core State Standards Initiative

I have received several inquiries about this subject including an invite to a Facebook Page stating the following: 

THE ALABAMA STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION VOTED TO ADOPT COMMON CORE STATE STANDARDS ON NOVEMBER 18, 2010, OPENING A DOOR FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO ENTER AND DICTATE WHAT YOUR CHILDREN LEARN IN THEIR PUBLIC, RELIGIOUS, AND HOMESCHOOL CLASSROOMS.

WE HAVE ONLY A BRIEF WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY TO STOP THIS ENCROACHMENT UPON OUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO CHART THE COURSE OF OUR CHILDREN’S FUTURES BY KEEPING CONTROL OF THEIR EDUCATION AT STATE AND LOCAL LEVELS. After reading information, scroll to “TAKE ACTION”. 

The threat to our freedom and influence originates in the 2009 Stimulus Package by offering grant money to the states IF they adopt common standards in math and English. But there are a multitude of strings attached, and this is only the beginning…

Read more here.... including ways to take action.

In response, I sent a note to HSLDA inquiring about the potential hazards of the Common Core State Standards Initiative to homeschoolers. Below is the response I received copied and posted with the permission of HSLDA Attorney, Darren Jones. 


Dear Ms. Spradlin,

It is definitely a concern, though not as directly as some people might think.

1. HSLDA has always been firmly opposed to the Common Core State Standards Initiative. See http://www.hslda.org/docs/news/201003310.asp, http://www.hslda.org/docs/news/201006180.asp, and http://www.hslda.org/docs/news/201008050.asp.
2. The CCSSI was adopted in Alabama in November of 2010, so this isn't really a new development, per se.
3. The adoption of the CCSSI in Alabama does not, at this point, change the legal requirements for home education in Alabama, as summarized on our website at http://www.hslda.org/laws/analysis/Alabama.pdf.

Should you have any further questions or comments, please do not hesitate to send me another email or give me a call.

Blessings,
Elliot Ko
Legal Assistant to Dewitt T. Black, III, Esq.
Home School Legal Defense Association
Phone: (540) 338-5600
Fax: (540) 338-1952
Email: legalh@hslda.org


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