What is SCHEA?

What is SCHEA anyway? South Carolina Homeschool Educator’s Association is a statewide support network. Their nickname is their initials which are pronounced as a word: “SKEE-uh.”What is SCHEA anyway? South Carolina Homeschool Educator's Association is a statewide support network. Their nickname is their initials which are pronounced as a word: "SKEE-uh."

“Associations” is a buzz word in South Carolina homeschooling that usually indicates 3rd option accountability organization. But, SCHEA considers themselves a statewide support group and does not provide 3rd option accountability.

Legislative “Watchdog”

SCHEA’s primary mission is to monitor legislation in order to preserve homeschool rights in South Carolina. The organization was involved in helping create the first South Carolina law recognizing home schooling in 1988. They continue to read every bill that comes up for consideration in the House and the Senate. They post notification of the content of relevant legislation. Because they are a 501c3 organization, they don’t promote their opinion in favor or in opposition of the bills. But, they point out what reasons the bill could be problematic, beneficial or neutral for homeschoolers.

SCHEA works with HSLDA to help keep South Carolinians informed about Federal Legislations that affect homeschoolers. They point out what reasons the proposed bill could be problematic, beneficial or neutral for homeschoolers.

Meet SCHEA video live from Homeschool Day at the Capitol 2016

Homeschool Day at the Capitol

SCHEA board members work to build relationships and rapport with our state representatives. They aren’t directly lobbying for homeschool rights, but they are working to promote a favorable (and hopefully accurate) perception about homeschooling to the Legislators. On a day in April each year, SCHEA organizes Homeschool Day at the Capitol. This event gives homeschoolers a glimpse at the legislative process, orientation tours about the State Capitol and introductions to meet the legislators.

Homeschool Day at the Capitol goes hand in hand with SCHEA’s grassroots lobbying techniques. Individual families learn more about how legislation works and SCHEA will help equip homeschoolers to advocate on bills that could affect homeschooling rights.

Website: South Carolina Home Educators Association

Membership fees: $25
Some support groups or accountability associations offer a SCHEA discount to their members.
Mailing Address: SCHEA, PO Box 2707, Irmo, SC  29063
Phone: 803-772-2330
Email: SCHEA@SCHEA.net

Check out more support groups and resources in SC:
FB and Yahoo Groups   Resources   Local Support

About Kim Andrysczyk

Homeschool veteran, Association Director, coffee addict, sarcasm expert, and accidental blogger. I’m here to encourage you thru the tough times and inspire you toward excellence. If I can make it, so can you!

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