Tara Bentley & Nancy Manos | Episode 023

Protecting Homeschool Freedom: The Important Work of Statewide Organizations

episode description

God has blessed the homeschool community in a unique way over the past 40 years. In this conversation with Tara Bentley, IAHE Executive Director, and Nancy Manos, former Executive Director of AFHE, we discuss ways to get involved in a community of homeschoolers to support one another. You’ll learn what statewide homeschool organizations are, what they do, and how they support families. These non-profit organizations are vital in protecting the freedom to homeschool, and you can get involved!

About the guest

Tara Bentley is a veteran homeschool mom of two daughters. During 13 years of homeschooling, she and her husband Mark served in leadership for 12. They currently serve together on the Board of Directors for Indiana Association of Home Educators (IAHE), where Tara also serves as the Executive Director. Together, they also serve on the board for the National Alliance of Christian Home Education Leadership. Always juggling work, family, and multiple responsibilities, Tara loves encouraging moms who often feel like they just aren’t enough and she is passionate about preserving homeschool freedom.


Things you'll learn from this episode

Statewide homeschool organizations are grassroots, non-profit organizations run primarily by volunteers. They serve homeschool families by providing accurate information about the law and homeschooling in your state and by watching legislation that may impact homeschool freedom. State organizations also provide a variety of helpful resources, host events, answer questions from parents, and more. 

During the past 40 years, many battles across the United States have been fought to win the freedom we enjoy today to homeschool our children. We cannot take that liberty for granted, and we must stay vigilant to protect homeschool freedom for our children, grandchildren, and generations to come.


At BJU Press Homeschool, we’re committed to providing children an education from a biblical worldview that is academically sound and challenges them to advance, think critically, and live like Christ. This type of education is not often possible in public schools because of the number of children taught in a classroom, a difference in worldview, and peer and societal pressure to conform. Homeschooling allows parents to instruct and disciple their children without daily fighting messages from an opposing worldview taught in the classroom. And with tuition costs and fees for private schooling or tutoring, homeschooling may be the only option for parents who are concerned for their children’s physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being.

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