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Cover Story
Erasing the Barriers for Children with Special Learning Needs

Special Features

An Interview with the Forstroms

An Interview with Betty Statnick: HSLDA’s Special Needs Coordinator

National Center Reports

Will the 2000 Elections Impact Home School Freedom?

106th Congress Wrap-Up

Across the States

State by State

Regular Features

Active Cases

Prayer and Praise

Notes to Members

Presidents Page

F. Y. I.

Association News

An Affirmative Plan: Debate Tournament

A S S O C I A T I O N   N E W S

 - Legal Contacts for September/October 2000
 - An Affirmative Plan: National Home School Debate Tournament
 - Help Wanted: Accounts Payable Clerk
 - The Widows Curriculum Scholarship Fund

Legal Contacts for September/October 2000






Alabama 4 1 0 4 40 49
California 25 3 7 24 224 283
Georgia 8 4 0 1 33 46
Maryland 1 0 0 0 70 71
Michigan 4 7 3 1 42 57
New Jersey 5 0 0 1 175 181
New York 30 2 0 2 102 136
Ohio 50 3 1 6 83 143
Pennsylvania 17 1 0 0 49 67
Texas 4 5 0 3 41 53
Other States 291 66 95 77 1482 2011
Contact Totals 439 92 106 119 2341 3097

An Affirmative Plan: National Home School Debate Tournament

New sponsor for the National Home School Debate Tournament

In order to focus on our stock issues of defending home schoolers, HSLDA has recognized that it is time for a separate organization to take on the support of the national home school speech and debate community.

This new organization, the National Christian Forensics and Communication Association (NCFCA), was formed in 2000 and is led by a seven-member board of directors:

  • Todd Cooper, Chairman, Christian Family Schools (CA)
  • Michael Farris, HSLDA (VA)
  • Christy Shipe, HSLDA (VA)
  • Teresa Moon, Communicators for Christ (CA)
  • Skip Rutledge, Director of Communication Studies, Pt. Loma University (CA), and President of the National Parliamentary Debate Association
  • Deborah Haffey, Director of Communication Studies, Cedarville College (OH)
  • Terry Stollar, Gutenberg College (OR)

The National Home School Debate Tournament is now part of the National Christian Forensics and Communication Association. For debate information and dates, contact:

NCFCA, P.O. Box 500208
San Diego, CA 92150-0208
Phone: 858-774-2291

Help Wanted: Accounts Payable Clerk

The Home School Legal Defense Association, based in Purcellville, Virginia (about 50 miles west of Washington DC), is seeking a motivated individual to perform accounts payable duties, financial analysis, and bank reconciliations. The ideal candidate will possess excellent communication and analytical skills and be proficient with computer software. (Microsoft Word and Excel are a plus.)

Competitive salary and generous benefits. Must be a dedicated Christian and have a demonstrated commitment toward home schooling. See information above for contact details.

E-mail or fax your resume to:

Steven Oberlander, Chief Financial Officer
Fax: 540-338-2733

The Widows Curriculum Scholarship Fund

The Bennetts
Thank you so much for the blessing of the cirriculum scholarship. During the final months of my husband's life, we discussed his desire to see our daughters continue in the only education they're ever known. Your generous gift was enough to purchase almost all that I needed for my four daughters.

Bless you,
Kristi Bennett

James 1:27
. . . Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress . . .

In March 2000, a home schooling father’s generosity and vision led to the beginning of a special ministry —the Widows Curriculum Scholarship Fund. Any home schooling mother who has lost a husband to death and has not remarried may apply for this scholarship.

To Apply: Contact the Widows Curriculum Fund Administrator at (540) 338-5600 or

To Donate to the Fund: Send your tax-deductible gift to HSLDF Widows Fund, P.O. Box 3000, Purcellville, VA 20134.

HSLDA has assumed all costs associated with administering this program. Therefore, 100 percent of every gift goes directly to helping widows and their children.