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OPPOSE SB 2323: The Rights of Hawaii Homeschoolers are at Stake

By February 12, 2018Hawaii
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Hawaii’s 2018 legislative session is up and running! Concerned Women for America of Hawaii foresees a busy session, and your help will be needed on a number of issues. Together we will stand for Biblical values as we proclaim truth and grace to our legislators.

Within the first few weeks of the legislature, a total of three dangerous bills were introduced concerning the issue of homeschooling.  The bill of immediate concern is SB 2323. This would require all homeschooling families to undergo child abuse and neglect history inquiries and background checks by Child Welfare Services in order to receive approval to homeschool their children. Never before have Hawaii families been put under such scrutiny while trying to educate their own children.

This bill would set a “guilty until proven innocent”  basis for the law. Until parents can prove they are fit to parent their own children, they will not be allowed to educate their children.

Click here to read SB 2323 and track its status.

Without a doubt, these bills have been introduced in response to the California parents who imprisoned and abused their 13 children under the guise of homeschooling. This tragic story incriminates the parents – not homeschooling.  Though this situation, and a few others, occurred under the guise of homeschooling, these cases are extremely rare. Far more children who attend public or private schools are abused by their parents or the school system.

Please act now! Do not wait until it is too late. The committees vote on this bill on Wednesday, February 14, at 2:55 p.m.

Please pray diligently. Pray that those who see this as an opportunity to hinder homeschooling would be thwarted in their efforts to pass SB 2323. 

Please take action immediately. 

  1. Email and call each member of the Senate Committee on Education and the Senate Committee on Human Services and respectfully ask him/her to vote NO on SB 2323. Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Hawaii. Feel free to call and leave a message after hours if that is more convenient for you.

Senate Committee on Education:

Chair Sen. Michelle Kidani, (808) 586-7100,

Vice-Chair Sen. Kaiali’i Kahele, (808) 586-6760,

Sen. Donovan M. Dela Cruz, (808) 586-6090,

Sen. Will Espero, (808) 586-6360,

Sen. Donna Mercado Kim, (808) 587-7200,

Senate Committee on Human Services:

Chair Sen. Josh Green, (808) 586-9385,

Vice-Chair Sen. Stanley Chang, (808) 586-8420,

Sen. Breene Harimoto, (808) 586-6230,

Sen. Jill Tokuda, (808) 587-7215,

Sen. Glenn Wakai, (808) 586-8585,

“Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.” – Proverbs 22:6

  1. If time permits, attend the hearing this Wednesday, February 14, at the Capitol Conference, Room 229, at 2:55 p.m.
  1. Please pass this e-alert on to friends and family and encourage them to pray and take action.

Please protect parents’ rights to educate their own children without government intrusion and overreach.  Join CWA of Hawaii in opposing SB 2323. Your voice matters, and your efforts can make a difference!

Barbara Ferraro
State Director
CWA of Hawaii
Wilma Youtz
Legislative Liaison
CWA of Hawaii