Massachusetts Homeschool Organization of Parent Educators
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I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in Him will I trust.
Psalm 91:2(KJV)

THIS DAY IN HISTORY –October 18, 1898

U.S. takes possession of Puerto Rico.

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Battleship USS Maine

Spain’s colonial presence in the Americas had endured for hundreds of years when Cuba began an intense struggle for independence in 1895. A growing sympathy in the United States for the Cuban cause became a demand for action after the unexplained explosion that sank the American battleship Maine in Havana harbor in February of 1898.

Spain’s two principal possessions in the Caribbean were Cuba and Puerto Rico. In the fighting that ensued after mutual declarations of war between Spain and the United States, American troops took possession of Puerto Rico and raised the American flag there on October 18, 1898. In December the Treaty of Paris officially ended the war and gave approval to the cession of Puerto Rico to the United States. Puerto Rico has remained under American control to this day as a territory of the United States.

Puerto Rico today has an elected governor and a bicameral legislature, but the head of state is the President of the United States and ultimate control remains with the Congress of the United States. Puerto Rico’s future status remains uncertain. Referendums have been held regarding the options of full independence, continued territorial status, or full statehood within the United States. The status quo has been upheld in past votes but the most recent featured a majority in favor of “none of the above.” An ultimate resolution has yet to appear. Read more here and here.


  • Puerto Rican people were granted U.S. citizenship in 1917.
  • Puerto Rico has no members in the Electoral College and thus no vote in U.S. presidential elections.
  • Puerto Rico has no voting representation in the U.S. Congress.
  • More Puerto Ricans live in the continental United States than in Puerto Rico.
  • Puerto Rico has its own Olympic team.
  • The first Spanish contact with Puerto Rico was made by Christopher Columbus in 1493.
  • The United States also gained control of the Philippines and Guam as a result of the Spanish American War.

June 18, 2016

Our annual Used Curriculum Sale was held on June 18 at Chapel of the Cross in Westboro, conveniently located near the Massachusetts Turnpike and routes 9 and 495. The sale is one of the highlights of our year, full of bargains and eager shoppers, as hundreds of homeschoolers seek out bargains to supply their needs for another year. Every year thousand of items, including loads of free ones, find new homes. Full details on the 2016 sale can be found here. The sale date for 2017 is to be determined.


Victory in Norway!

Not so long ago homeschoolers were threatend with imprisonment here in the USA. While things have changed here our fellow homeschoolers in other countries still face dire consequences for following their conscience in regard to the training of their children. There is good news out of Norway for supporters of religious freedom and parental rights: Marius and Ruth Bodnariu will soon be reunited with all their children. Read more

Parental Rights:

This is an issue of great importance to homeschoolers everywhere.  Parental rights are increasingly threatened as more members of our judiciary begin to take cues from international law and custom.  These are decidedly unfriendly to homeschooling. For more information and to join the battle to preserve parental rights, please visit

MassHOPE Future Events

Home School Convention:

2017: April 27-29

Planning is underway for another great convention. Details will be posted to the convention page as they become available.

2016: April 28-30

Another convention is history. If you weren't there you missed great speakers like Heidi St.John, a fun and exciting Children's Program, a challenging Teen Track, and loads of helpful vendors. Recordings can be ordered here. Mark your calendars for next year. You won't want to miss it.

High School Graduation:

2017: Date TBA

2016: Formal Graduation Ceremony (cap & gown) June 4, 2016

Our formal graduation ceremony took place at Holden Chapel in Holden, Massachusetts at 2:00 PM on June 4, 2016. We had our largest group of homeschool graduates thus far participating - 57. What an encouragement it was to those still running the race. What a testimony it was to God's faithfulness to see another fine group move on to the next stage of their lives. Please visit our graduation page for details of next year's event as they become available.


Coming Events

April 27 - 29, 2017
Annual Convention

2017 TBA
Formal Graduation

2017 TBA
Used Curriculum Sale

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