PLANT, Inc. Blog
Encouraging Parent Led Education
By Mona Koerner
This week in Santa Fe I watched the political machinations of what many called the "most extreme" abortion bill in the nation. I read the bill, I read the existing law that the bill is repealing, I read the other abortion law that remains on the books, and I read the New Mexico Supreme Court ruling that grants a woman a right to a “medically necessary” abortion under the Equal Protection Clause of the New Mexico constitution.
I saw the TeenPact participants reaction to this bill and the mobilizing of people to oppose the bill. I read the rhetoric on both sides (all inaccurate and inflammatory). I spent 20 minutes in the Governor’s office listening to the secretary answer continuous calls opposing the bill. I received urgent messages via group text and Facebook to act to oppose this bill. I emailed and spoke to my representative. I discussed the issue with other moms. I saw the polarization of the people around this issue. And I prayed. And I really felt that God was telling me – “don’t waste your energy, this is not the battle I'm calling you to fight”.
Reprinted with permission from CAPE-NM
Christian Association of Parent Educators - New Mexico
Dear CAPE Families,
We want to thank you for praying for this situation pertaining to the NM Homeschool Notification form. The CAPE Board has been diligently pursuing this issue, and we have felt your prayers.
Sadly, after working with HSLDA and sending letters, emails, and having phone calls and meetings, we feel that we are at an impasse with the NM Public Education Department (PED). After our meeting with them in February of this year, we were of the understanding that the PED simply wanted to make sure that parents understood New Mexico requirements for homeschooling and would NOT require anything more to be signed by the parents except the Notification form, which we are required by law to do each year. We worked up what we thought to be an agreed-upon form which would serve as an informational statement of what the law requires of homeschool families in New Mexico.
By Felisa Palfery
Community. The word itself often invokes a human response. We were made for community. Yes – even those of us that are introverted. We desire community. Yes-even though it might be uncomfortable. We thrive in community. Yes – even though it stretches us. When you think about your own community, how would you describe it? For my husband and I, community is a place of belonging. A place of learning and growing. Over the course of our marriage, our community has changed often. Frequent moves and job demands have fostered a flexible yet necessary desire for community in our home. As the Lord has blessed us with two lovely daughters, our community has once again changed. Amidst the changes, one aspect of our community remains the same – the “why” behind the need for community.
By RoseAnne Gallegos
The most beautiful month in New Mexico is October... no question. Most of us home-educating families, after about two months, being back to the homeschool grindstone, need some reprieve (reprieve - verb, re-prēve: to give relief or deliverance to for a time).
We started attending the CAPE Family Fall Retreat 13 years ago! Every March or April, when we sit down to enter our calendar items for the rest of the year, we always write 'CAPE Retreat' in the October 20 something days. My youngest son enthusiastically asks months in advance if we're going to the CAPE retreat!
by Mona Koerner
Not all homeschool co-ops are large, public groups that meet in a church and charge an annual fee. Many homeschool co-ops are small, private, informal groups of parents who get together to cooperate in teaching their children. You only need one or two other moms to form a great co-op that will serve your homeschool well.
PLANT, Inc. Blog is written by local parent educators and supporters of parent led education.