Families for Home Education, the oldest and largest statewide home school organization in Missouri, has been serving Missouri home educators since 1983. FHE is comprised of members – you, not just a board and staff. The purpose of FHE is to protect the inalienable right of the parents of Missouri to teach their own children without state regulation and control.

FHE works to achieve these ends in the following ways:

  • Publishes First Things First, a Guide for the Missouri Home Educator
  • Holds workshops and special events for new home educators – connecting them with the homeschool community and providing materials and information
  • Provides speakers for meetings and events –for support groups, local events, and homeschool conventions across the state
  • Maintains a registered lobbyist in Jefferson City
  • Maintains relationships and communication with Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) – working hand-in-hand to ensure your right to home educate in the state of Missouri
  •  Publishes a quarterly newsletter, the FHE Bulletin, for our members
  • Maintains communication with FHE members through MailChimp messages which include legislative alerts, important information concerning homeschool issues, and notices that the Bulletin Newsletters have been posted on the FHE “Members Only” portion of this website.  (Note to members: Please add [email protected] to your address book to help keep the emails from going to your junk box.)
  • Hosts an annual Rally at the Capitol Rotunda  (March 6, 2018) All homeschool families welcome!!
  • and more…



Calls &/or Emails needed Immediately to the MO House Judiciary Committee, Vote NO on HB 430
4/5/2017 5:38:00 PM BY FHE

4/13/2017, Update: Thank you for your calls, you make a difference

The House Judiciary Committee passed an amendment taking out the compulsory attendance provision in HB 430 which would have raised the compulsory attendance age to 18 years old. The Committee then passed the House Committee Substitute HB 430 with a do pass recommendation which did NOT include compulsory attendance.

FHE has been watching HB 430, Juvenile Court Jurisdiction, sponsored by Representative Shawn Rhoads. There is a provision within this bill to raise the compulsory attendance from 17 years of age to 18 years of age.

HB 430 is scheduled for a vote tomorrow, Thursday, April 6, in the House Judiciary Committee, 9:30am.

FHE is committed to protecting the freedom of Missouri parents to home educate their children by the least restrictive means possible. FHE is opposed to raising the compulsory attendance age. It restricts freedom, imposes unnecessary and burdensome regulations and fails to respect the parent’s rights to direct the upbringing and education of their children. Whatever negligible benefit there may be to increasing the compulsory attendance age is outweighed by the restrictions of freedom and may even be counterproductive to the intent of the bill.

HSLDA is united with FHE in opposing HB 430.

If you agree with FHE and HSLDA on this issue, please call and/or email the House Judiciary Committee members immediately asking them to vote NO on HB 430.

Rep. Joe Don McGaugh, Chair
[email protected]

Rep. Kevin Corlew, Vice Chair
[email protected]

Rep. Gina Mitten, Ranking Minority Member
[email protected]

Rep. Nathan Beard
[email protected]

Rep. Bruce DeGroot
[email protected]

Rep. Mark Ellebracht
[email protected]

Rep. David Gregory
[email protected]

Rep. Nick Marshall
[email protected]

Rep. Steven Roberts
[email protected]

Rep. Cheri Toalson Reisch
[email protected]

Rep. Bill White
[email protected]

Thank you for standing with FHE to protect home education in Missouri,

Al and Sheryl Schmidt, FHE Executive Directors, for the FHE Board




FHE Homeschool 101 Workshop-Region 3
@ Country Meadows Baptist Church


FHE Homeschool 101 Workshop-Region 3
@ Country Meadows Baptist Church

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