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VOLUME XVII, NUMBER 4
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JULY / AUGUST 2001
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Cover Story
The new pioneers: Black home schoolers

On the frontier: Four home school families

Special Features
Kentucky teen finally free to home school

Membership statistics—Top ten states

Across the States
State by State

Regular Features
Freedom Watch

Active Cases

Notes to members

Prayer and Praise

President's Page

FYI
HSLDA legal contacts for April 2001

N O T E S   T O   M E M B E R S

More for our members

The cost of membership remains the same, . . . but the value is going up. During the past few months, HSLDA has been negotiating with vendors to obtain discounts on behalf of our members.

Visit our website at www.hslda.org/memberdiscounts for information about the discounts being offered, details on receiving the discounts, and recently added discounts from new vendors.

If you know of other companies who provide a valuable nationwide product or service and who might be willing to offer a discount in exchange for advertising to 70,000 home schoolers, e-mail contact information and a brief description of the product to memberdiscounts@hslda.org.

Announcing a new tax-deductible program

A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity. (Proverbs 17:17)

Do you know someone who has a passion for preserving parental rights and educational freedoms? If so, they might welcome information about a new opportunity to support HSLDA.

Our new Friends of Home Schooling Fund is a tax-deductible fund that supports the ongoing work of HSLDA. It is designed for anyone who has a heart for home education-grandparents, parents whose home school students have all graduated, or individuals who are "home schoolers at heart."

Please share information about this fund with anyone you think would like to help HSLDA continue its fight to protect God-given parental rights and freedoms. Levels of support range from one year ($50) to lifetime ($1,000). It's simple to contribute. For complete information on how to become a "Friend of Home Schooling", visit our website at www.hslda.org. Of course, you may also contact us by phone at 540.338.5600.

And the survey says...

In order to better serve our members, HSLDA has periodically surveyed our families for their opinions on our services and home schooling in general. In February, we posted our first web-based survey. As of the time of this publication, over 1800 people have responded, and we thought you'd like to see the results.

Through this survey, our members have demonstrated their concern not only for their own protection but also for the protection of other home schoolers. This is illustrated through the fact, that when asked why they were HSLDA members, 82% said that it was to help protect and advance home school freedoms.

How long do you think the average home schooling family plans to home school their child? In our survey, eight out of ten parents said that they planned to teach their children through high school, while almost one out of ten said they would continue on through college. (See Figure 1.)

One service we feel is very important in this fast-moving world is HSLDA's E-lert Service, where our attorneys can quickly contact home schoolers across the states and keep them up to date on legislation and court cases we are fighting. Our members agreed-92% of those surveyed said they receive and regularly read our e-lerts. By quickly responding when needed, home schoolers have significantly impacted both state and federal legislation. (See Figure 2.) To sign up for our e-lert service, see the ad on page 2.

HSLDA's website is generating significant interest, with approximately 3000 visitors per day. Over a third of our survey respondents said they check in several times each month. We make it our goal to put several fresh stories on the site each week, so stop by and find out what we're up to!