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VOLUME XX, NUMBER 1
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January / February 2004


FEATURES
Can Judicial Tyranny Be Stopped?

DEPARTMENTS
Freedom watch
From the heart

The difference made by "little things"

Impact of the Widows Curriculum Scholarship Fund

From the director
Across the states
Active cases
Members only

New email confirmation

Support homeschooling when you shop online
About campus

PHC in the news
President's page

ET AL.

HSLDA social services contact policy/A plethora of forms

HSLDA legal inquiries

Prayer & Praise


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ACROSS THE STATES

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RHODE ISLAND

Middletown policy improves

Middletown Public Schools recently made several incremental improvements to its homeschool policy:

>> Old policy: Parents required to meet with a "screening committee." (Home School Legal Defense Association has consistently opposed mandatory meetings with school officials.)
New policy: Superintendent merely "offers" to meet with the parents.

>> Old policy: "Capacity of the in-structor . . . [must] be evaluated."
New policy: Demand has been removed.

>> Old policy: Complicated testing component included.
New policy: Simple end-of-year report required instead.

While Middletown's policy still has a number of undesirable features, these changes represent a welcome step forward in one of the most restrictive states for homeschoolers. Rhode Island is one of only three remaining states that require "approval." HSLDA is committed to moving Rhode Island into the mainstream and working toward the day when homeschoolers there enjoy the same freedoms as many other states.

— Scott A. Woodruff