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Say NO to HEA Inc. SUING Homeschooling Families

Sign the petition to stop our Home Education Association suing homeschool families.

The Home Education Association Inc (HEA Inc) has been taken away from the members and used, without authority, to sue 5 home educators over the past 18 months. On every occasion there was no motion, no vote and no minute noted for the HEA to enter into litigation.

To the HEA committee. This petition of concerned members of the HEA and homeschoolers brings to attention the strong community opposition to your conflicts of interest and repeated and wrongful legal actions against homeschool families.

We the undersigned petitioners ask:

  • the HEA committee to stop and remove all legal actions.
  • The HEA to show evidence that they are not using members funds to pay lawyers that implicate us, the members, in their wrongful actions.
  • Pay the HEA staff for one year of unpaid wages.
  • After removing legal action set an SGM to install an all new, non conflict, committee.

Stop the HEA wrongfully suing homeschool families using our funds.

This is an open letter to all current HEA members from a member. I recently discovered that as a member of the Home Education Association (HEA) we are joined in wrongfully suing homeschool families. I never knew or gave permission for this to happen. These are not my values as a homeschooler. Nor is it the value of my friends and fellow homeschoolers.

What can we do to stop this and be removed from the committees actions?

The committee is made of volunteers willing to do the work of the HEA on behalf of its members. This committee currently does not represent us. By preparing a petition with 5% of the members, the members can demand the removal of these actions and to hold an SGM to restore the HEA to its members.

If this has disturbed you like it has me please sign the petition: https://myhea.paperform.co/

If you want to know more, the history or frequently asked questions, the My Say HEA members, have prepared the following articles: https://mysayhea.home.blog/

How did you get my name?

We, the members of the HEA, have asked for the committee to provide the members list so we can communicate our objections and concerns. This is our right under the constitution. The committee to date has refused.

Its for this reason we have asked our friends to put a list together of members we can contact to let you know of the options and ways to stop being included in our committees actions. We are sorry if you are no longer a member or do not wish to be involved. If you do not want to be contacted again please reply to this email with STOP.

Regards

Concerned Member of the HEA

PS. Your vote, even as a concerned homeschooler, will make a difference to our community. If you have a friend who is a HEA member please let them know so they can remove their name from the committees actions.

HEA: What Happened? Committee Dysfunction

Beverley Paine, HEA member 2003-2004, 2007-2018, regular volunteer, served on committee and various subcommittees, state chapter foundation member, newsletter editor, magazine editor and producer.

Much of what occurs in a community organisation is unknown to the members: most members join to enjoy the benefits on offer and are usually kept informed by a regular newsletter. Few dive  deeper and get to know the inner workings, how the whole thing operates, and how those benefits and services come into being in the first place. 

I’ve been a volunteer and a committee member and to be honest, given what went down at the Home Education Association (HEA) last year – and the smouldering fire that still hasn’t been completely extinguished – I am disinclined to volunteer for anything like that again! 

Visit the HEA webpage and you’ll see one version of events. It comes across as the official record and well, that may be the case. But it doesn’t tell the whole story.

The story it doesn’t tell is of a very dysfunctional committee, one that was struggling to know its own business and meet legal requirements for several years. A committee made up of volunteers doing their best, giving it all they had, in their own ways, but failing to support each other. 

It’s a story of a group of people, most of whom had only met online, some with prior committee experience and knowledge, and others drawing on their work or life experience and skills. People  working diligently on behalf of others, getting it right some of the time and not so right the rest of the time. And that’s okay, isn’t it? We don’t expect perfection from volunteers, do we? We don’t expect them to be professionals, do we? 

But this is an incorporated national association, which had a membership of 1300 home educating families and regarded itself as a voice to government and its bureaucracy for those families. It is an association that seeks to be the voice of all Australian home educating families. 

The HEA had a substantial operating budget, ran a website, an information help line, a discounted resources subscription service, a members’ newsletter and was active politically. Sounds a lot like a professional outfit, doesn’t it?  

So what happened? How did its committee become so dysfunctional? How does any committee? 

Mushrooms. They grow well in the dark but shine a light on the stuff they’re growing in and they fail to thrive. Organisations shouldn’t be like mushrooms.

The light started to shine on the HEA when it received notice in 2016 from the Office of Fair Trading NSW and Australian Charities and Not-for-profit Commission that the association was urgently required to submit overdue annual reports to maintain its incorporated and charitable status. 

Unfortunately the HEA had neglected to include financial statements at two successive AGMs. Why? Because those financial statements and reports didn’t exist. What? Say again!? 

Important, legally required information was not compiled and provided to members and to the OFT or ACNC. 

Now that’s a big omission for a committee. A huge neglect of fiduciary responsibility. 

How does a committee end up at this sorry position? 

For some reason the association had been operating without an effective treasurer: an extremely irresponsible position given that the committee regularly made financial decisions on behalf of the membership.  

Using the association’s bank statements and what minutes were available (some were ‘missing’), the secretary and a newly appointed treasurer painstakingly pieced the legally required 2013, 2014 and 2015 reports and statements together, thereby saving the association from deregistration. 

The association did lose its charity and DGR (ability to receive tax deductable donations) status with the ACNC due to lack of diligence with completing and filing the necessary paperwork, but was lucky to obtain it back again.   

Concerns were raised by the secretary that the committee was failing in several other areas: it had omitted to keep sufficiently detailed minutes, follow correct meeting procedures, run AGMs properly and in accordance to the constitution, and keep secure its data regarding members and association business. 

During 2016 and 2017 there were formal complaints sent to the committee that were inadequately addressed. Some were mishandled: there was non-disclosure of conflicts of interest and involved members failed to recuse themselves. The complaints ‘dropped off’ the agenda, usually unanswered: disappeared by neglect.

One of the ways to ensure avoidance of a recurrence of these kinds of problems is to establish a ‘paper trail’, where email communication establishes workflow and responsibilities. At a glance anyone on the committee can see who is responsible and taking care of different tasks, and that these are completed in reasonable time. 

Keeping records can be dreary, boring work but it is incredibly enabling. It ensures the sustainability of an organisation. It is the basis of all future planning. It tells you what worked and what didn’t work. Review of records aid organisations to reflect on their purpose and help identify if change is needed, and if so, clarify what needs to change and how to implement those changes. 

An organisation’s paper trail can also stop duplication of work, by letting each volunteer know what others are doing (and why). Recording is so important there are regulations stipulating what records must be kept and how they must be kept. And this leads us to another vital aspect of organisational life: training. Volunteers need to be inducted, given the information needed on how to work and operate responsibly in the organisation, how to keep track of and report their activities to the committee so that it can effectively govern and know the association’s business. 

One of the things that fell apart at the HEA was this need to keep appropriate records. Prior to 2017, much of the association’s business had been done in Facebook chats on Messenger. Emails were sent between volunteers, decisions made and acted upon and not noted anywhere. Minutes from subcommittee meetings were not prepared and reports were not tabled at committee meetings. 

To access HEA records before 2017 would require access to archived Facebook and Yahoo groups (if they still exist, if access passwords have been passed on, if the association actually has a record of who held those passwords.) We all know how it is with the internet and passwords, especially if there were many groups operating under the umbrella of the association. and there were. Incorrect handling of passwords resulted in the HEA members database being hacked in 2018.

Everything was done in, well, a rather friendly and casual way. And it is easy to see why: not everyone can touch-type. It takes a fair bit of energy to take notes, write up the minutes or a report. And it can be hard to take minutes when meetings don’t follow the agenda, jump here and there and sometimes don’t even get to the listed items. 

If you’ve ever been a committee member of a local community club you’re probably nodding, familiar with the territory. And to be honest, it’s why a lot of us don’t volunteer to go on committees.  It can be extremely frustrating volunteering in an environment where everyone seems to be second-guessing who did or said what when, or when a particular task was done or due. Or work is endlessly replicated.  

Together with two new contracted admin staff, the majority of the committee began to work to bring a level of professionalism, clearly missing for some time, to its operations and procedures. They established that all important paper-trail. The decision to transfer the virtual office from the old clunky wiki-site to the superior GSuite ( part of the much needed website redevelopment ) also meant that HEA communication and correspondence would be stored, available as a resource when required.

There was a culture among a small group of volunteers in the association that weren’t keen on changing to accommodate the emerging recognition of the need to be more diligent and accurate with keeping appropriate records. They were happy with the status quo, they saw no need to change the way the HEA had been operating. 

A few key HEA volunteers argued – long and hard – against writing and publishing minutes in a fashion that was easily accessible to members.

Properly recorded and printed minutes are the way an appropriately functioning association knows its own business. Minutes show members what motions were tabled and voted on at each meeting, a legal obligation of an incorporated association. A review of the minutes of the association going back years demonstrates that this wasn’t regularly practiced. How is the association to know its own business if it doesn’t keep track of important decisions? 

Or that decisions were made in accordance with the rules of the association? On one occasion in 2017 a member perusing an important decision discovered and reported a voting irregularity, and the decision was subsequently declared invalid.

Poor committee procedures – not setting and following agendas and managing input from all committee members and guests – can lead to mistakes of this nature.

The HEA used the practice of holding a ‘continual’ committee meeting facilitated via a forum. This was originally instigated to get through and cover an ever increasing workload as the association sought to grow to provide benefits to members. Protocols that had been put in place to ensure voting on decisions occured had ceased to happen, a failure of executive leadership to ensure proper processes are followed.

This resulted in unauthorised actions occuring, with some volunteers operating autonomously, making decisions ‘on the run’ without majority approval or oversight by the committee.

There are other key and important areas of neglect, things that should have been done but got waylaid despite good intentions, such as organising hand-over of signatories to the association’s bank account after AGMs. The tyranny of distance, forever an issue in an organisation where committee members live in different states, is a factor. However, this is the 21st century, neglecting to follow up in a timely manner is unprofessional and lets down the membership.

Attempts to bring all volunteers up to speed with the new communications procedures were strongly resisted by a handful of members. This began the undercurrent of discontent and fed the growing schism between volunteers.

A decision was made in 2016 to redevelop the website, and the secretary was tasked with overseeing the project in liaison with the company contracted to do the work, reported back to the committee on progress, with major decisions to be discussed and handled by the committee. 

Everything was on track to be delivered when the slowly festering schism, perceived at this stage by some volunteers as created by competing factions seeking ‘control’ of the association, erupted at an unruly, badly-chaired committee meeting. 

The simmering conflict was projected onto elements of the design and branding of the new website. It played out in HEA GSuite forums, and ‘sides’ were firmly established. 

One side doggedly focused on the design and branding of the website as the point of ignition and ongoing cause of the conflict. 

The other side pointed to entrenched habits that gave rise to dysfunctional committee processes and the desperate need for the HEA to become more professional and responsible.

In addition, there was a general confusion about the meaning of many of the rules (Constitution) of the association.

When raised as a standard of behaviour and procedure, the legitimacy of the association’s long standing Codes of Ethics and Conduct were questioned.

One side of the schism denied the existence of the dysfunction and began to organise support for a future committee that would ensure the status quo remained the same. The other side threatened to remove members if the dysfunction continued. 

Accusations of bullying abounded in acrimonious online discussions that never rested. This practice of instant communication, of continuous discussions of committee business all hours of the day, seven days a week had become an accepted feature of committee and volunteer life in the association. It is an exhausting practice that undermines effective communication. Ultimately it undermines committee processes. And it places unreasonable demands on volunteers.    

A deep rift, where volunteer hurt volunteer and respect was abandoned, tore at the heart of the association. Committee members and volunteers started resigning. 

It was in this high stakes, high tension, stress-filled, unworkable environment that decisions were made that, under normal circumstances where respect is maintained and ego is left at the door, would never have  happened. 

Let’s remember that these volunteers were ordinary, everyday busy home educating parents. Volunteers. They had signed up to work, on a voluntary basis, for a couple of hours a week. Not this incessant, demanding need to be on call every minute of the day, working overtime to solve conflicts that, had the association been operating properly in accordance with legal requirements,  would not have occurred. 

Made aware that ‘branch stacking’ meetings were held to obtain nominees aligned with one side’s position, the committee postponed the announced AGM. 

Two members were expelled. They did not appeal the decision. The committee chose not to publicly discuss the reasons with the membership citing respect for the privacy of the members.  

Concerned by the competing interpretations put forward by both sides of the schism, a  member suggested a subcommittee be convened to review the constitution, with the hope that some clarity may be forthcoming. Unfortunately, the review was interpreted and promoted by a minority of members as a hostile action. 

A petition was organised to support the expelled members by a group of volunteers and circulated widely in the online home educating community. A Facebook group purporting to be an official HEA group called members and non-members to act against the committee. 

The committee sought advice from the NSW Office of Fair Trading regarding the actions it had taken. 

It began to receive letters from a lawyer representing the expelled members, threatening non-specified members with defamation and demanding that the expelled member, who claimed to be president of the association, chair the AGM. 

Upon receipt of the petition the committee set a date for the special general meeting. A date was set for the AGM. 

At this stage, due to the extreme stress and duress the committee had been operating under for over six months, all but two of the committee members had resigned. The turn-over of committee members during 2017 and early 2018 tells the story clearly enough. Members would volunteer, realise the workload was untenable and resign. Other members, worn down by the antagonistic and toxic nature of the ongoing schism, cited health reasons that were created or exacerbated by the bullying behaviour. 

On the morning of the AGM the independent chair (a member with no involvement or vested interest in the outcome) was sent a letter written by the lawyer addressed to one of the expelled members by a third party, and he withdrew as chair. The AGM was adjourned, pending legal advice. 

That evening a group of members held a meeting, appointed a committee and began calling themselves the HEA committee.

The consequences of not having a legitimately elected committee were dire. The NSW Office of Fair Trading listed the HEA as ‘in dispute’. The HEA’s bank accounts were frozen. Its webmaster froze access to the membership database.

The group of members purporting to be the committee proceeded to support action in the NSW Supreme Court taken by the two expelled members and another member against the last two committee members and the two admin staff. 

The next article will cover why all four defendants were dismissed or discontinued with no case to answer, and how the plaintiffs came to sue the HEA instead.


This is a series of articles originally written by Beverley Paine at The Educating Parent, on the troubles of the Home Education Association (HEA). These form a historical roadmap as the counterbalance to the HEA’s lack of transparency. The actions of the HEA effects all of us in the homeschooling community. Permission to repost these articles has been granted.

The Original article can be read on Beverley’s site here: HEA: What Happened? Committee Dysfunction

HEA: concerned members want stalled website

You’d think that after spending $22,000 on a you-beaut gem of a fully functional website it would be live, launched and in use, right? Apparently not.

Frustrated and concerned members of the Home Education Association (HEA) are wondering why the new website has not been installed. 

It’s sitting patiently on a server waiting for the committee to finish loading and editing content, import the membership database, and do a final test run before launching to the membership and public. An important note to remember: the web developer’s work is complete and delivered, it is the 2019 HEA committee that is stalling on this project.

According to the Sydney-based web developer that built the new site, “the HEA now has the same resources as any school or university of equal size”.

The HEA was listed as ‘in dispute’ by the NSW Office for Fair Trading in May 2018, leaving it without a functioning committee for a whole year, causing the roll-out of the last stages of the website to stall. 

A committee was finally elected in May 2019. However, rather than continue and launch the site members have already paid for, according to reports on social media, they have decided instead to start from scratch and build a different one. 

The currently stalled website has the capability to be an interactive place for members to get to know each other, work together, and share ideas in a secure and private internet space.

As a public landing page for anyone wanting to know more about home educating in Australia, it has the ability to offer up-to-date information, as well as advice for those families needing an immediate alternative to school-based education.

Key features of the already built site members are waiting to use include:

  • Improved, state-of-the-art internet security, privacy and data protection;
  • A new up-dated brand identity for the association;
  • A customised ‘shopping cart’ to help with recording and processing memberships, subscription discounts, etc.; 
  • The ability to automatically update information as needed, keeping members in touch with association business and matters relevant to home education across Australia;
  • All new and improved access to member subscription discount offers, enabling members to quickly find and sign up to resources that will better help them meet their children’s learning needs, and which includes a call to action for public viewers to help raise membership levels;
  • Secure, on-site forums for members which can be easily viewed on mobile or desktop devices; 
  • Secure, on-site storage for association documents, with appropriate back-up facility; 
  • A simplified event notification process for insurance purposes;
  • Provision for members to have individual or group ‘pages’;
  • New communications systems, including Zoom; migration of email systems resulting in continuity of information and knowledge; and enabling much needed support and training of HEA volunteers;
  • Separate state and territory pages, encouraging greater participation and connection.
  • A regular members’ e-newsletter.

These requirements were in the design brief given to the web-developer in 2016.

In addition to fulfilling these requirements, the web-developer, in consultation with the committee, was able to organise accreditation with Google Education , a platform that members can use as an online virtual classroom where they can create, upload and share learning activities, courses, lesson plans, home-made resources, and work together and help each other learn. 

This is already available and includes the provision of individual member @hea.edu.au email addresses, enabling access to previously restricted  educational discounts and services. 

The web-develop also made provision for a geo-location directory, a powerful tool members can use to promote and share events, content, images, links and other information about activities. 

And assisted in updating 1300 inquiry phone line support, a popular and much used volunteer provided service to members and non-members.   

Re-doing all this work doesn’t make sense. 

The idea of creating a new website had been kicking around for a long time. Volunteers and admin were increasingly frustrated by various problems and flaws of the existing site. The HEA website is more than the public face of the association, it is the interface between members and the committee, and serves as the association’s virtual office managing the member database, insurance register of group and work experience activities, as well as the growing number of member subscription discounts. 

For over a decade the HEA had outsourced most of its day-to-day management tasks to a contracted admin person after it became apparent that a number of key tasks were becoming too onerous and overwhelming for volunteers. This served two purposes: to improve efficiency and provide a continuity of experience and expertise. The committee came to trust and rely on its admin staff. 

In 2016, the HEA’s admin went to the committee strongly suggesting a need to redevelop the website and virtual office. She had obtained a quote from a Sydney-based website developer which she recommended to the management committee. 

Although the quote was considerable, it was decided that the expense was reasonable given that a re-build would provide a more effective and functional office environment. It would also include a number of stream-lined features and allow for future expansion of services and benefits to members. The company was hired by the 2016 committee.

An in-person ‘toolbox’ meeting attended by members of the 2016 committee and the company established a working relationship consisting of a committee member working closely with the company to flesh out a site suitable to meet the HEA’s needs. Major decisions were referred to the committee.

In addition to web development skills, the company’s business management expertise added value to the build. 

A significant bonus was securing and installing the Google Education’s G-Suite service. It is the HEA’s vital communication area. 2017 committee members and volunteers were trained how to use it as the association’s virtual office and ‘filing cabinet’. This was an important and necessary step in ensuring good record keeping and continuity of information. The ability of the HEA to know its own business and for efficient sharing of the workload among volunteers was a key requirement in the designing of the new website.

A key task by the web-developer included rolling roll out @hea.edu.au member email accounts, first to 2017 committee members and volunteers. The @hea.edu.au email accounts were poised to be rolled out to the entire membership, anticipated by mid 2018. This email extension will enable home educating families to obtain discounts available to school teachers and students. 

Management forums in G-Suite were established to facilitate communication between volunteers, relieving the need for the association to use insecure off-site platforms such as Facebook. 

A regular e-newsletter was established and provided content to members and non-members, thus enhancing the association’s ability to attract and sign up new members. The newsletter promoted new and existing subscription discounted services as well as updated members on association news and matters relating to home education.

The redevelopment of the website also included an HEA YouTube channel for promotion of information videos already in production.

The web developer also updated and tested the 1300 phone support system, a popular service and benefit provided by association volunteers for many years.  

With the virtual office re-built, functioning and in use by volunteers and committee members, the final step in the redevelopment was launching the public face of the association, its website. Content was moved over from the existing site.  

Through consultation with members, including a photographic competition, a guiding brief was determined which highlighted that home education is a diverse practice, and occurred not only in the home but in the community, with a uniquely Australian context. Using the guiding brief, and responding to input from many members, the website development team gradually pulled together a brand and logo.

The brand and layout were approved by the 2017 committee, despite objections from a handful of volunteers who belatedly disagreed with the direction of the brief, suggesting a complete restart to the project (which would lay waste to 18 months of work).

In early 2018 all that remained to be done was editing and updating of the content on the new site so that it could be published and launched. The 2017 committee had begun to work on this, however the finalising of the content was not completed prior to the AGM in May 2018. The administrative team were tasked to train and up-skill the incoming 2018 committee with the support of the web-developer and some members of the 2017 committee. It was expected that the new website would go live shortly after the election of the 2018 committee. 

Work was halted when the HEA was listed as ‘in dispute’ by the NSW Office of Fair Trading in May 2018, following an attempt by a group of members to take control of the association.

Members are currently served by the existing website with all its faults and limited features.

Many members want a platform that isn’t Facebook that they can use to connect with other home educating families.

They want a website that has the necessary settings to ensure the safety of their privacy and information. The current site doesn’t meet current security standards, putting at risk from identity theft, the details of over 6,000 past and present site-subscribers.

Members also want a modern website that is relevant to their needs, is up-to-date, and functions without dead or irrelevant pages.

Such a website already exists: it has been built to meet members’ current and future needs and was completed and delivered by the web-developer in 2018. It is the 2019 HEA committee that is stallingon this project. 

They appear ready to redo all of this work: it is, in effect, rejecting the hundreds of hours of work by dedicated and committed volunteers during 2016-2017.

If members want action and desire the current committee to stop stalling on the launching of the re-developed website, which is almost ready for members to start using, they should email the 2019 committee and let them know. They can be contacted: contact@hea.edu.au with a copy to heacommittee@gmail.com.

Information for this article came from loaned documents and from interviews with past and present HEA members.


This is a series of articles originally written by Beverley Paine at The Educating Parent, on the troubles of the Home Education Association (HEA). These form a historical roadmap as the counterbalance to the HEA’s lack of transparency. The actions of the HEA effects all of us in the homeschooling community. Permission to repost these articles has been granted.

The Original article can be read on Beverley’s site here: HEA: concerned members want stalled website

HEA in Disarray: Chaotic 22 June SGM

Home Education Association members reported chaos and unruly behaviour at the 22 June special general meeting, held in person and online, to discuss and debate a controversial special resolution put forward by the current committee.

“On so many levels I struggled through this meeting. it was appalling. nasty display,” said a life member and past committee member, “a ridiculous waste of my time, it just makes the HEA look even more incompetent, not how a meeting is supposed to be run.”

Disruption emerged shortly after the meeting opened when requests by a past president and a current committee member were denied the opportunity to voice separate points of order relating to a serious conflict of interest regarding the Chair. 

A 90minute presentation by the President, detailing why three people took the association to court, was described by one disgruntled member as “puerile and emotive”, “condescending and self-righteous” and “unrelated to the purpose of the meeting”.

Other members complained that no time was allowed for the addressing the defense put forward by the association, with one saying that the presentation was “unbalanced”, “a biased, one-sided interpretation of disputed past events which contained factual errors”.

At one point the President threatened to call the police to remove a member who interjected with an objection.

Members reported feeling intimidated by a “stand-over guy” at the back, alleging that he had threatened to physically remove one member, and was videoing members as they spoke. They cited concern that the Chair had not informed members attending in person that the meeting would be videoed.

People became vocal as frustration built as several members were “denied the basic right to speak against the motion”, with the Chair allowing questions only, limited to two per member. “Questions regarding the need for the special resolution were brushed over, not adequately covered” reported one member.

Several members attending by Zoom complained of being ignored or ‘muted’, with one stating that he had his hand up for over half an hour.

In April 2019 a court-ordered special general meeting was held to elect a committee to get the association back on track after legal issues had left it in limbo, listed as ‘in dispute’ by the NSW Office of Fair Trading, for almost a year.

During that year a group of members appointed and promoted themselves through social media as an ‘interim committee’. The group supported three people initiating and continuing legal action in the NSW Supreme Court against the association seeking a determination that a members’ meeting held without notice to all members on 5 May 2018 be declared an annual general meeting, thus validating the group as the association’s management committee. One of the three plaintiffs is the current President of the association.

Court-ordered mediation did not determine that the members’ meeting on 5 May 2018 was a legitimate meeting and provided an opportunity for the association to elect a new committee. The new committee, comprised mainly of members who supported taking the association to court, decided to let the membership determine the matter.

On Saturday 22 June members were controversially asked to consider setting aside one of the association rules so that the committee could retrospectively validate the actions of the group.

According to one member, “counting was shambolic” when the opportunity to vote, by a raise of hands, finally arrived. Despite confusion regarding the nature of the motion, a ‘no’ vote on the special resolution was carried.

Members expressed surprise and disappointment that this was interpreted by the current committee to mean that the decision conferred 2018 presidency to a past president of the association.

“Many members audibly sighed, snorted in disbelief and said things like ‘Unbelievable!’ and ‘You’ve got to be kidding!'”

As a result of this manipulation, the meeting did not achieve one of the outcomes the President was cited as stating early in the meeting, that of “putting the whole thing to bed”.

The NSW Office of Fair Trading, NSW Supreme Court and now the HEA membership have all dismissed the claim that the group purporting to be an ‘interim committee’ between May 2018 to April 2019 was a legitimate committee of the association.

Anonymity was requested due to the current litigious climate within the association.

UPDATE:

Stuart Chapman, experiended home educator and long standing advocate for homeschooling both in Australia and overseas, was elected at the May 2019 special general meeting but was controversially ‘sacked’ from the committee soon after. This left Western Australian home educators without a local representative on the national association management committee. It is a shame that someone with extensive knowledge and expertise has been excluded.

Mr Chapman sought to redress the unfortunate situation regarding the twelve months of outstanding wages owed to the HEA’s two admin officers at meetings. This resulted in formal mediation between him and the committee, which failed to reach a resolution. Ultimately the committee ‘sacked’ him, citing non-attendance of meetings as per the constitution as the cause. However, concerned members said that meeting times had been changed to make it difficult for Mr Chapman to attend meetings (during working hours in Western Australia) and that he sent the required apologies for meetings he was unable to attend.

Given that the association does not have a full committee, which given the serious nature of the business currently discussed on behalf of members (taking legal action against home educators’ family businesses), on top of the usually full agenda at each meeting, dismissing a current committee member seems to be counter-intuitive and not in the best interests of the membership.

It also sends a clear message to other members and potential members that the HEA committee is intolerant of dissenting voices and diverse opinions.

There are still vacancies on the HEA committee: called ‘casual vacancies’, members can nominate themselves by sending an email to the association for consideration. Historically the HEA committee usually elects members that volunteer to fill casual vacancies without hesitation.


This is a series of articles originally written by Beverley Paine at The Educating Parent, on the troubles of the Home Education Association (HEA). These form a historical roadmap as the counterbalance to the HEA’s lack of transparency. The actions of the HEA effects all of us in the homeschooling community. Permission to repost these articles has been granted.

The Original article can be read on Beverley’s site here: HEA in Disarray: Chaotic 22 June SGM

I signed this petition because I do not feel our homeschooling community is a safe place anymore.

My name is Emma Thompson and I am a Tasmanian HEA Member.

I signed this petition because I do not feel our homeschooling  community is a safe place anymore.

I feel that the conflict of the past is continuing to hurt and harm the homeschooling community. We need to move away from a conflict driven committee and focus on building a future for all homeschoolers across Australia. This cannot happen while both the threat and reality of legal action hangs over every homeschoolers head.

My heart aches for the Volunteers and Office Administrators who were first threatened with Supreme Court Action, and then claimed against when that threat eventuated in 2018. While the court case against them ceased by mutual consent orders, the emotional and financial stress has continued to this day for all those homeschooling families. 

I constantly think, “What if that was me?

I volunteered on the Constitution Subcommittee set up by the 2017 Committee. In the ensuing conflict, I was frequently attacked as if I had nefarious reasons for wanting to help the association better its constitution. 

Now, I cannot Volunteer for the HEA as my life partner is terrified that we will be taken to the Supreme Court and made bankrupt.

This must change. Our community needs to become a safe and supporting harbour for all homeschoolers again.

My membership is due to expire April 2020. If the following happens, I can renew it:

  • NCAT action is immediately withdrawn.
  • An SGM is called that is run by an independent chair.
  • The current committee vacate their positions and allow for fresh elections.
  • An apology is given to the Volunteers and Office Administrators who were wrongly claimed against in the Supreme Court of NSW.
  • An apology is issued to Stuart Chapman for being improperly removed from his elected position on Committee.
  • The Office Administrators get paid their entitlements. Entitlements that were legally established by the 2017 Committee, ones that the members of the current committee changed, without legal authority as employers, when they sued HEA Inc. and its staff as ordinary members in a private action in the Supreme Court of NSW.
  • All monies spent by the 2019 Committee to fund their legal cases is returned to the association.

I urge you to share this petition among all homeschooler across Australia to help protect them. Most homeschoolers are unaware of the risks posed by being a member of HEA Inc. They believe that the benefit of insurance and subscriptions are harmless and have no idea about the emotional and financial toll of defending yourself in the Supreme Court of NSW. Most members have no idea that their membership fees fund legal action against other homeschoolers.

What other Homeschoolers are saying

Members, Past members and concerned homeschoolers are not OK with a small group of HEA members using the legal system and the courts to abuse homeschooling families. This is not what we stand for or accept in any form. Especially when it is used as the first option, even before a discussion is had to try and resolve differences.

When all this started I stopped renewing. This is not on!

Past HEA member

I refuse to become a member until I see representation from HEA that resembles my core values as an educator. Eg: conversations rather than legal proceedings.

Past HEA member

I am waiting to join, once all this nonsense is over I will consider becoming a member.

Concerned Homeschooler

I’m not a member because of the mess that it’s in now with all of the litigation and fighting. I don’t feel as if there is enough of a benefit in joining to overcome the huge obstacle of this drama. Drama that I feel can only be taking away time and energy from promoting the defined objects of the association.

Past HEA member

Do you believe that homeschoolers should sue homeschoolers? 

Do you believe that the Objects of Association – designed to support homeschoolers, promote home education, and build support networks – includes using membership money to litigate against homeschoolers?

No, it shouldn’t. 

The current HEA committee are using HEA membership funds – your annual subscription to the association – to instigate legal action against a homeschooling family owned and operated business right now. Is this how you want HEA money to be spent? 

The legal action through NCAT should be immediately dropped.

ENOUGH is ENOUGH. 

Please join me and other members and tell the 2019 Committee to stop misusing the legal system to financially ruin homeschoolers and sign our petition.

The people running the HEA have made many decisions that have brought the association into disrepute within the home educating community. Membership has halved: as many as 600 members have not renewed since May 2018. 

These people, purporting to represent the HEA without authority during 2018, and now as the 2019 committee, have acted without transparency to the membership. 

Let’s get our association back on track and operating professionally, for the betterment of ALL home educating families again. Sign and share the above petition and give ALL members a chance to resolve these disturbing issues.

The Litigious History of the HEA

The Home Education Association Inc (HEA Inc) has been taken away from the members and used, without authority, to sue 5 home educators over the past 18 months. The latest being a dispute with the website contractor that has been lodged with NCAT where they are suing the contractor for “faulty goods”. On every occasion there was no motion, no vote and no minute noted for the HEA to enter into litigation. Negotiation and mediation require a willingness to find a mutually agreeable outcome for all parties. In all cases the group, now the HEA committee, has sent letters of legal demand, threats and accusations. These prevent good will and impact on the effectiveness of mediation.

The HEA can remove the case from NCAT at any time. Your vote sends a message that the members are not OK with its association suing homeschool families. That homeschoolers are not OK with its association spending their funds to persecute others and implicate members in their actions against others.

The legal action through NCAT must be immediately dropped.

A brief history

In 2016, an ambitious program was instigated by the committee to progress the association to a professional community organization. It was recognized that this vision would require a complete overhaul of the association’s technology. In September 2016, Icon Innovations, a reputable web design company, and home-schooling family, were contracted to go through the HEA’s resources and come back with a proposal on how to advance the association’s technological needs.

Their review found that the systems needed updating as the current system was mostly built into the current outdated website, which is what is still in place to this very day, with all its records and communication systems inside the old website. The association’s operational needs could be vastly improved with more modern digital solutions like G-Suite, now Google Education and video conferencing. To name a few.

In anticipation of increased workloads, two admin staff were hired on a part-time basis with the understanding of the likelihood of increased hours in the future.

This time consuming and challenging work continued in 2017 with the incoming committee. Under their stewardship the new brand and website was completed and was ready to implement in January 2018. All indicators were that the association substantial investment was giving value to the association as membership had increased by almost 500 members, with the most notable achievements being increases in revenue (even after paying staff and the substantial cost of a new brand and website), testing and review of the HEA support and online call page systems, as well as the acquisition of a Google Education status.

Sadly, the 2017 Committee experienced problems and the association came under threat of legal action (initiated by a small group of disgruntled members) and, in this environment, it was determined that it was best to leave the public launch of the previous two committees work to the incoming 2018 Committee.

However, when the process of electing an incoming committee went awry, the finished new brand and website which had been put on hold in January, was left in limbo until May 2019 when the association got an incoming committee.

Finally, the HEA was able to make use of its ownership and control of all the tools and resources commissioned and use them for its members benefit. Instead, the 2019 Committee has chosen to use some of the assets Icon Innovations work procured for the association, such as G-Suite and Google Education, while deciding to commission its own website and not populate the website paid for by the 2017 Committee. This decision was made against the clear instructions left by the outgoing committee to an incoming committee on the processes needed to launch the upgraded website publicly.

At no time has the current held talks or negotiated with the supplier. Instead, they are resorting to legal action through NCAT. On the other hand, the contractor has made many attempts to open discussions to bring the website and associated benefits online for the members benefit. Each of these attempts have been met with legal letters of demand, threats and accusations by the HEA Committee.

Members who have been kept in the dark, or been actively misled, have asked the following questions: See the FAQ article

We think HEA’s office administration staff should be paid as per their contract, not with a unilateral retrospectively changed contract conditions imposed by the current committee. 

Do you believe that homeschoolers should sue homeschoolers? 

Do you believe that the Objects of Association – designed to support homeschoolers, promote home education, and build support networks – includes using membership money to litigate against homeschoolers?

No, it shouldn’t. 

The current HEA committee are using HEA membership funds – your annual subscription to the association – to instigate legal action against a homeschooling family owned and operated business right now. Is this how you want HEA money to be spent? 

The legal action through NCAT should be immediately dropped.

ENOUGH is ENOUGH. 

Please join me and other members and tell the 2019 Committee to stop misusing the legal system to financially ruin homeschoolers and sign our petition.

The people running the HEA have made many decisions that have brought the association into disrepute within the home educating community. Membership has halved: as many as 600 members have not renewed since May 2018. 

These people, purporting to represent the HEA without authority during 2018, and now as the 2019 committee, have acted without transparency to the membership. 

Let’s get our association back on track and operating professionally, for the betterment of ALL home educating families again. Sign and share the above petition and give ALL members a chance to resolve these disturbing issues.

FAQ History on the HEA disputes

The HEA Inc. disputes have been running for over 2 years between two committees, its members and staff. Members of the HEA have been mostly left in the dark and are angry and confused at what has occurred. Following are a series of questions and answers asked by the members …

The HEA is in dispute and can remove the case from NCAT at any time. Your vote sends a message that the members are not OK with its association suing homeschool families. That homeschoolers are not OK with its association spending their funds to persecute others and implicate members in their actions against others.

The legal action through NCAT must be immediately dropped.

At no time has the current HEA committee held talks or negotiated with the supplier. Instead, they are resorting to legal action through NCAT. On the other hand, the contractor has made many attempts to open discussions to bring the website and associated benefits online for the members benefit. Each of these attempts have been met with legal letters of demand, threats and accusations by the HEA Committee.

Members who have been kept in the dark, or been actively misled, have asked the following questions:

Did the 2017 committee finish the HEA website and brand for the members?

Yes, the new brand and website is owned, with full access, by the HEA committee. The website and brand were approved and paid for by the 2017 Committee. It’s design and  features are complete and ready for the HEA committee to insert their chosen content and policy changes.

The 2019 committee refuses to take ownership. They will not make the changes necessary to open the site for their members. In essence, they’ve chosen to go against the clear instructions that the 2017 Committee left for an incoming committee on how to release the website that is fully paid for and owned by the association on behalf of its members. 

Dissimilarly, the contractor has made many efforts to open discussion to resolve any problems as they feel the membership and association will receive great benefits from having the website launched. Their overriding concern has been to have the website delivered for the benefit of the membership and the association. The 2019 committee has responded by sending legal letters of demand, threats and accusations. 

Legal action costs and the 2019 Committee, without regard for due process and the requirement to negotiate before litigation, has chosen to sue Icon Innovations, a homeschooling family owned and operated business, rather than engage in constructive talks to iron out any problems.

This is no different from a land owner who hires an architect to design and build a new home. The landowner has paid in full for complete and totally satisfactory work, and has left the interior decoration decisions for the new homeowner when they sell their property. Yet the new owner, who has the keys and is living in a part of the completed house, refuses to pick out their paint colours, carpeting choices, light fixtures etc and then litigates against the architect wanting a full refund for the costs of the whole house as well as asking for damages and an apology for their own failure to finish the project to their satisfaction.  

Members recently became aware that the same lawyer who litigated against the HEA has now been engaged by the HEA committee. The lawyer has sent legal letters authorised by the committee since May this year. No disclosures were made in the minutes at this time. Members demands have led to a disclosure 5 months later. To this date no agreements or contracts have been presented, even though this has been requested. The HEA is spending members funds in legal matters that could have paid the staff legally owed wages or completed their requirements on our new member website. 

The HEA says the website does not work! The HEA claim is “Faulty Goods”! Would you like to see your website live to decide for yourselves? This site is ready to go, it’s exciting and will deliver excellent services to members. Services like members control over their own details and subscription. New member only content, member forums (both public and private), new subscription templates so each provider has their own product page to promote their service or offering, new GEO location events; Imagine having an event or promoting your local homeschool fete joined and connected to your local homeschool community! 

The blockage is the 2019 Committee’s inexperience and inability to understand what they need to do to publicly launch it. As members you can ask the contractor to make the site live under a different domain.

What legal actions have been taken?

Between July 2018 and April 2019, a group of disgruntled members were responsible for legal action in the Supreme Court of NSW.

The group consisted of two expelled members and two ordinary members. One of the ordinary members, Karen Chegwidden, claimed they were the President of a committee elected in a private zoom meeting on the 5th of May 2018 which they wanted validated as the legal 2018 AGM for HEA Inc. In the event that the court did not validate their first claim, the action included asking the court to appoint the two expelled members, Vivienne Fox and Karleen Gribble, along with Tere Latimer (also a member of the committee they wanted the court to ratify) as the HEA’s Committee to run an SGM to elect an incoming committee.

These disgruntled members called themselves the “Interim Committee’.

Initially, they joined HEA Inc to their claim against two 2017 volunteer committee members and the HEA’s two office administrators. However, when Justice Black ordered that HEA Inc be a Defendant at a Directions Hearing on the 20th of August 2018, the Plaintiffs promptly settled with the people they’d originally named in their case and by October 2018 they were only continuing to claim against HEA Inc.

When the association became a Defendant, the associations insurer was required to engage a legal team to defend it under the terms of the insurance policy. The case continued till April 2019 when the case was settled at court ordered mediation when the insurance company instructed their legal team to settle with the Plaintiffs.

In May 2019, an incoming committee was elected according to consent orders ratified by the Supreme Court of NSW. This newly elected committee comprised the same members who had taken the association to the Supreme Court of NSW in 2018.

Now these same members have lodged a claim in the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT) against Icon Innovations, a homeschooling family owned and operated company. This action was taken without the 2019 Committee first applying the 2017 committees implementation letter or the many attempts by Icon to resolve the differences. Responses by the HEA have been legal demands and threats. No talks or efforts by the committee have been made to date. Due to the ongoing, direct and hostile threats against the company, its owners and family they can no longer work with any of these members. 

To date, the 2019 Committee have only ever sent letters of demand written by a lawyer (the same lawyer they engaged as ordinary members to represent themselves as the HEA committee in the Supreme Court of NSW), threats and accusations to the website developer.

Like the Supreme Court of NSW, NCAT requires negotiation before a case will be heard – it even holds mediation itself. NCAT goes to great lengths in the process of mediation and the requirements for both parties to resolve their issues. NCAT is clear that cases can be removed at any time. The HEA has not spoken to or proposed any mediation or talks with the contractor at any stage. The HEA has ownership and control over the new 2017 website and refuses to implement its changes for the members. 

The HEA is misrepresenting the members and has not declared the legal costs or agreements with its lawyer. By preparing a case and hiring a lawyer, the same lawyer used to sue the HEA, to represent the HEA all members are joined in their actions against homeschool families.

What is the best option for HEA Inc. and its members?

The HEA, like any association, is owned by the members and as members we own the final say on what our association does. We believe that the best option to resolve this dispute is for the current committee to immediately withdraw its NCAT case, facilitate the requisitioned SGM, step aside and let a fresh ‘conflict free’ Committee enter into negotiations with Icon Innovations to deliver the website to the members.

The minutes, which are the living and binding word of a committee, and a record for the membership to review what their association is doing in their name, needs to include a declaration of all the actions the association has taken, any conflicts of interests and motions agreed by majority vote. Concerned members cannot see any motion for the retainment of Serje Petrovic as the associations lawyer, no motion to approve a costs agreement between the association and the lawyer, and no motion to approve the spending of membership money to lodge court papers. Moreover, there is no minutes to show that the association has asked for a second opinion to ensure that they are making the best financial decision for the association, or even the correct legal decision on staff wages.

The 2019 Committee is composed of members who were instrumental in forcing HEA volunteers and staff to bear the financial and emotional burden of being dragged through the Supreme Court of NSW. This action was wholly unnecessary and was able to be settled with mediation. It is the same now, with a non-conflicted committee, who work with good will and within the bounds of HEA Inc.’s constitution, the dispute can be resolved quickly with minimum costs to the associations finances and reputation.

In this light, please sign the petition and pass it on to any homeschool friend or HEA member you may know.

Did either of these court cases need to happen at all? Were there other options?

No, The usual protocol for resolving issues that develop within committees is to seek mediation through the Community Justice Centres. The HEA Inc has this written into its constitution. This costs both parties less money, and prevents the courts from having a backlog of cases that could have been resolved without using valuable court resources.

During 2017 relations within the committee had broken down, after many months the entire committee voted to expel the then president as well as a HEA member. These two members did not appeal their expulsion but rather gathered support from within the home educating community. Their campaign attacked the HEA, its staff and members of the 2107 committee.

The 2017 committee had much to complete before the AGM so postponed the AGM in order to finalise the website as well as update various HEA procedures. The supporters of the expelled members petitioned the 2017 committee to hold the postponed AGM. Due to extreme personal pressure on social media, emails and threats of legal action on the committee, its members and staff they began to resign. In their place some HEA volunteers joined in order to complete the previous committees work and prepare for the AGM.

The 2017 committee set a date for the AGM and opened online voting for the election of the 2018 committee. No-one from the 2017 committee nominated for the 2018 committee. 

A call was put out to the membership for a suitable member to chair the AGM. On the day of the AGM the disgruntled members sent a legal letter to the chairperson stating that if they chaired the meeting they could be held legally liable. The chairperson contacted the remaining members of the 2017 committee and said he would be unable to chair the AGM. Without a mediator the last two remaining committee members had no choice but to postpone the 2018 AGM. By the following Monday, the last 2 committee members had advised the OFT that the association was in dispute and asked for an administrator to be appointed. 

The Admin Staff were left with the assets of the HEA, the ‘keys’, including the members funds by the outgoing committee members. The logic was that the dispute would end quickly and allow the admins to onboard the new committee. The admins had no one of authority to hand the IP to, they continued to operate in caretaker mode, assisting the association, it’s members and suppliers where they could.

The disgruntled group went on to hold their own invalid AGM. Members were invited via a FaceBook group, the full membership were not notified about the change of the online venue. Not all nominees for the 2018 committee were notified and other nominees refused to attend what was to become a rogue meeting of the supporters of the disgruntled group. Elections were held and a committee formed, this committee set about to lobby the admin staff to hand over the ‘keys’ to their claim to be the HEA so they could form a legitimate committee and essentially run the HEA.

In the ensuing weeks many letters of demands and legal letters of threats were sent to the two admin staff. Three formal attempts by the admins to negotiate with the group to hold an SGM so that a valid committee could be elected failed. A further two member led negotiations broke down. All five negotiation had the same result that was achieved in the Supreme Court mediation! The result on the advice of the OFT was for the group to proceed to the Supreme Court of NSW. 

No, this did not need to happen. The group were not prepared to sell out the 2 members seeking redemption for their expulsions, whom they had joined in the legal action to seek validity for their election as the new committee.

Court action resulted in the group, now the plaintiffs, naming the last 2 committee members + the two admin staff as defendants in their legal case. The 4 defendants were released over several weeks, deemed to have been named incorrectly as defendants and having nothing to answer for. The group then went on to name the HEA as the defendant. So the group claiming to be the HEA committee are now suing the HEA. 

No, this did not need to happen. The result of the court action was for them to hold an SGM. This was the exact same action that the 2 admin staff were trying to negotiate with this group exactly 12 months earlier. They could have saved themselves, the HEA, and defendants money, energy and time that will never be replaced.
No they did not need to go to court. The small group of members could have joined the committee, like others did, and resolve their issues internally. They could have allowed the 2018 AGM, been elected with the same committee members that currently stand. They could have approved 5 separate staff and member led negotiations. Each with the same terms and structure mediated in the Supreme Court. All of these options would have lost no time and cost no one the significant costs that have been born to date. And their lawyer would not have made his significant income from the HEA insurer.

Why did the two HEA Staff work for One Year without Pay?

There was no committee but there was an employment contract. The office administration were the workhorse for the association. They were responsible for insuring events, subscriptions, record keeping, membership enquiries, email and postal correspondence. In addition, they were trained in the new systems like Google education and the new website. They were the only bridge ready to train and onboard the incoming committee, as well as the members, on how to use and maintain the new systems.

They held the collective skills and knowledge of the association thus retaining this valuable knowledge for transference to each incoming committee between the yearly cycle of AGM’s and new committees.

The actions of the ordinary members who sued the association prevented a smooth transition between committees that the administrative staff were there to provide.

Without them holding the fort no work could be done. No events insured, no subscriptions, no record keeping, no-one to help members with problems with the website, receive emails, and action emails that didn’t need committee approval-like sending out member requested information. They also were able to disseminate requests from the press for interviews to the homeschool community.

Keep in mind, that it was ordinary members who made a claim in the Supreme Court of NSW against staff who worked for the association they said they represented. However, despite misrepresenting themselves as the 2018 HEA Committee, they never legally achieved that status. They had no legal authority to change the terms of an employment contract set by a legal committee.

They did try to negotiate with the ordinary members, based on the law and the HEA’s constitution, but were met with pure hostility. When these attempts failed, the administrative staff said they would walk away from the job, this in turn was responded to with letters of legal action if they did from the suing members. At other times, they were threatened with legal action if they stayed!

Eventually, the office administrators were claimed against in the Supreme Court of NSW and they had to finance their own legal defence – these costs have never been recovered. 

Throughout this whole ordeal, both office administrators have been professional and courteous to all member requests. They supported members, where they could, to the best of their abilities. However, without the authority of a committee, they couldn’t carry out certain pivotal functions like bill payments. They also supported the lawyers who were appointed to defend the HEA doing many hours’ worth of work without a possibility of being reimbursed.

In fact, for most of the period that the HEA was in conflict and without a committee, they worked unpaid. A previous member, who was a signatory to the associations bank account, caused the HEA’s bank accounts to be frozen which had the consequence of cancelling the automatic deductions the previous committee set up to pay the associations bills, including wages.

We think HEA’s office administration staff should be paid as per their contract, not with a unilateral retrospectively changed contract with conditions imposed by the current committee which they negotiated when they were ordinary members and had no legal authority to alter staff employment conditions.

Why have the two HEA staff not been paid when they are legally entitled to be paid?

The same members who took the HEA to court are now the HEA committee, without having declared their obvious conflict of interest. They have made numerous absurd demands, like providing detailed timesheets, that have never been required of any contractors. The HEA must legally pay the wages. To date the HEA committee is refusing to comply using vexatious reasoning. 

We think HEA’s office administration staff should be paid as per their contract, not with a unilateral retrospectively changed contract conditions imposed by the current committee.

Mediation through Fair Work Australia attended by Karen Chegwidden acting for the HEA Inc to have the wages paid by the HEA Inc failed. Representation by the person who sued the administrators in this matter is clearly a conflict of interest. The only recourse available to the office administrators is to sue the association. Having been wrongfully sued in 2018, enduring the costs, both personal and financial, neither wish to sue the association: they do not believe homeschoolers should sue homeschoolers, or that the HEA Inc should be used to sue home educating families.

Do you believe that homeschoolers should sue homeschoolers? 

Do you believe that the Objects of Association – designed to support homeschoolers, promote home education, and build support networks – includes using membership money to litigate against homeschoolers?

No, it shouldn’t. 

The current HEA committee are using HEA membership funds – your annual subscription to the association – to instigate legal action against a homeschooling family owned and operated business right now. Is this how you want HEA money to be spent? 

The legal action through NCAT should be immediately dropped.

ENOUGH is ENOUGH. 

Please join me and other members and tell the 2019 Committee to stop misusing the legal system to financially ruin homeschoolers and sign our petition.

The people running the HEA have made many decisions that have brought the association into disrepute within the home educating community. Membership has halved: as many as 600 members have not renewed since May 2018. 

These people, purporting to represent the HEA without authority during 2018, and now as the 2019 committee, have acted without transparency to the membership. 

Let’s get our association back on track and operating professionally, for the betterment of ALL home educating families again. Sign and share the above petition and give ALL members a chance to resolve these disturbing issues.

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