The Home Education Foundation

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HEF is supported solely
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Florida home educators.

PO Box 12563
Tallahassee, FL 32317
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HEF was established in 1991 to raise support and direct lobbying for home education in Florida. HEF exists to safeguard existing legislation and evaluate future legislation.

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What is HEF?

HEF was established in 1991 to raise support and direct lobbying for home education in Florida. HEF exists to safeguard existing legislation and evaluate future legislation.

How Did HEF Begin?

Craig and Brenda Dickinson were among the pioneers in the home education movement. There were no laws in Florida legalizing home education when they began in 1981. Registering as a private school was the only legal option. However, some families who were registered with private schools were being charged with truancy and threatened with loss of custody.

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What Does HEF Do Year Round For You?

  • Develops relationships with legislators and people in state agencies who may impact home education.
  • Cultivates trust of legislators over time, by visiting, assisting with information, answering questions and resolving concerns.
  • Monitors approximately 1,800 bills each Legislative Session to protect home education.
  • Seeks alternative solutions to issues affecting home educators as they arise in the Legislature, thus preventing further restrictive legislation.
  • Serves on advisory boards to create respect, opportunities and to protect home educators.

Why Does HEF Exist?

  • To PROMOTE and unify legislative action among home educators.
  • To evaluate and MONITOR issues which may affect home educators.
  • To INITIATE, draft and find sponsors for legislation to protect the rights and expand the privileges of home educators.
  • To PLAN, direct and coordinate lobbying efforts.
  • To EDUCATE Florida legislators about home education.
  • To provide a year round PRESENCE and a consistent voice for home educators in the Legislature and Department of Education.

What has HEF Done?

Without HEF and Brenda, home educators would not enjoy:

  • Tuition-free dual enrollment at colleges and universities
  • Extracurricular activities at public or private high schools
  • Bright Futures scholarships
  • The elimination of the child abuse provision and the data base survey requirements
  • An affidavit that allows home educated students to enter community colleges without getting their GED
  • Florida On-line High School participation for non-public schools and home educators