Deborah G. Stevenson
P.O. Box 704
Southbury, CT 06488
Office: 860 354 3590
Cell: 203 206 4282
Fax: 860 354-9360
Why reinvent the wheel? NHELD believes that where homeschoolers in one state have succeeded in retaining their freedom to educate, that state should be used as a model to be replicated in the other states. In order to do so, NHELD has established a central clearinghouse of information where homeschoolers can present the facts as to the methods and procedures they used to successfully resolve legal and political problems in their home state. NHELD subscribers can then access this information to gain insight and strategy to win legal and political battles in other states.
NHELD subscribers will be notified about any proposed legislation on the federal level, and on the state level, where possible, that will affect their right to educate in freedom.
NHELD will notify subscribers as to the location where they can find and read forthemselves the text of the proposed legislation, and will make suggestions as to what families might do to protect their rights. NHELD does not believe in just directing families to act in unison on the basis of an opinion that NHELD has formed on its own. NHELD believes in empowering individuals to act in accordance with their conscience. NHELD believes in: (1) informing individuals about where the entire proposed legislation may be located; (2) advising individuals not to take the word of anyone else about what that legislation says, but to read the text for themselves in order to formulate their own opinion about the effect the legislation will have, and (3) suggesting courses of action that individuals may wish to take. NHELD does not believe in blindly following the word of anyone. NHELD believes in an informed, empowered citizenry, who is able to fight for freedom effectively when necessary.
NHELD believes that there should be some return on your investment into our organization. That is why we plan to establish certain programs to give back to the homeschoolers who share our belief in freedom to educate. Our first goal is to establish a scholarship program, all of the details of which have not yet been developed. As soon as it is fully developed, we will announce it. Our goal is to tie in the amount of the available scholarship to the growth of the organization. In other words, as our subscriber list grows, so, too, does the scholarship funding. For right now, however, we need to form a strong basis in order for funding of any scholarship program to become a reality. We also welcome other ideas for programs that you would like to see in place.
If we don’t stand up now, together, to protect our freedom to educate, we will lose it not only for ourselves but for future generations. That would be not only unthinkable, but unforgivable.
NHELD may not be a perfect organization, but together we can succeed.
We can’t give legal advice to you since we aren’t licensed to practice law in your state but we can help you navigate through legal issues in the following ways:
NHELD believes that most legal problems encountered by families who homeschool may be resolved without resorting to litigation or the adoption of new state or federal laws. NHELD believes that attorneys living, working, and practicing law in your state are most informed about the nuances regarding your state’s homeschooling laws. However, NHELD also believes that these attorneys will be better able to protect your freedom to educate by networking with other attorneys and homeschool associations throughout the country in order to foster exchange of ideas, information, and strategy. That is why NHELD is establishing a network of attorneys and homeschool associations nationwide. Our network will be able to provide valuable assistance in cooperatively developing strategies and in negotiating solutions to your legal problems. You and your state’s attorneys will have access to and the benefit of legal advice from our nationwide network of attorneys whenever needed.
The consulting fee for the personal appearance of Attorney Deborah Stevenson for workshops or speaking engagements may be negotiated on a case-by-case basis.