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, should they choose to do so. In order to facilitate this process, NHELD is establishing a central clearinghouse of information where homeschoolers can present facts, methods, and procedures they use to successfully resolve legal and political problems in their home state, and to resolve legal and political problems affecting all states. NHELD members can then request and participate in joint meetings across state lines to have power in numbers and in the exchange of ideas.
NHELD members will be notified about any proposed legislation on the federal level, and on the state level, when available, 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 own conscience and unique circumstances.
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, 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 goal is to establish a scholarship program, in an amount available dependent on the growth of the organization. In other words, as our membership list grows, so, too, does the scholarship funding.
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.
Together we can succeed.
In order for any attorney to provide legal advice, the attorney must be licensed to practice law in that state. We will be establishing a network of attorneys to assist you, if necessary, in the months ahead. In the meantime, 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 its 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.
In addition, if your group would like to have Attorney Deborah Stevenson appear at your local event, workshop, or speaking engagement, a consulting fee may be negotiated on a case-by-case basis.
***Membership via PayPal, or by sending a check payable to NHELD, LLC to P.O. Box 704, Southbury, CT 06488.