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3/12/2003 5:15:07 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
HSLDA's Weekly Update--March 12, 2003

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H S L D A ' s W E E K L Y U P D A T E
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Topics for March 12, 2003

1. Farris to Argue Before Vermont Supreme Court
2. West Virginia Legislature Abolishes Four-Year Rule
3. National Alert: Senate Must Allow Vote on Estrada Nomination
4. HSLDA Helps Reinstate Disabled Homeschooler's SSI Benefits
5. New York College Policy Discriminates Against Homeschoolers
6. Utah Senate Kills Truancy Bill
7. Maryland Board Retreats from Annual Notification Plan
8. Home School Heartbeat: Views from a Veteran

Plus: Homeschooling in the News!


Announcements
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The Home School Foundation announced the Patrick Henry College Fund
for HSLDA members in October of 2002. To date, the Foundation has
received donations that will enable us to provide up to seven
students with $2000 scholarships for their 2003-2004 freshman year at
Patrick Henry College. To receive more information on the PHC Fund
for HSLDA members or to see if your student is eligible, visit the
Foundation's website.

http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?ID=700

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service for homeschoolers. If developed, such a service would be
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1. Farris to Argue Before Vermont Supreme Court

The issue in this appeal is whether the State of Vermont may require
more information on its forms than the Vermont homeschooling statute
requires.


Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?ID=730

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2. West Virginia Legislature Abolishes Four-Year Rule

With only eight minutes left in the legislative session last
Saturday, March 8, the West Virginia legislature made history and
overwhelmingly voted to abolish the four-year rule.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?ID=731

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3. National Alert: Senate Must Allow Vote on Estrada Nomination

The appointment of federal judges has a direct effect on the rights
and principles that are crucial to the protection of homeschool
freedom.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?ID=732

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4. HSLDA Helps Reinstate Disabled Homeschooler's SSI Benefits

A Michigan Administrative Law Judge ruled that children who are
homeschooled in accordance with state law are "full-time students"
just like children who attend public school.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?ID=733

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5. New York College Policy Discriminates Against Homeschoolers

Homeschoolers are seeing an increase in discrimination as a result of
the implementation of a previously dormant New York State Education
Department policy.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?ID=734

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6. Utah Senate Kills Truancy Bill

Due to efforts of homeschoolers across Utah, the Senate killed House
Bill 76, which originally made it a crime to refuse to "cooperate"
with school officials investigating truancy.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?ID=735

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7. Maryland Board Retreats from Annual Notification Plan

On February 25, the Maryland Board of Education voted to retreat from
its plan to force families to file a notice of consent form every
year.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?ID=736

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8. Home School Heartbeat: Views from a Veteran

In Titus 2, the Apostle Paul instructs older women to encourage the
younger women in specific duties. On this week's Home School
Heartbeat, Michael Smith is joined by his wife Elizabeth who has some
encouraging words for homeschooling moms.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?ID=737

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Homeschooling in the News

Links to outside news items on home education.

Mar. 11: delmarvanow.com (Maryland)
Will Homeschoolers Get Chance to Play Ball?
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?ID=738

Mar. 11: The Clarion Ledger (Mississippi)
College Has Niche Appeal
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?ID=739

Mar. 10: Arizona Daily Sun
Homeschoolers Find Niche at Colleges
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?ID=740

Mar. 10: North Adams Transcript (Florida)
Home-schooled teen scores high on SATs
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?ID=741

Mar. 9: Evansville Courier & Press (Indiana)
Parents Find Homeschool Convention Encouraging
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?ID=742

Mar. 6: The Times-Picayune (Louisiana)
Catholic Group to Host Homeschooling Fair
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?ID=743

Mar. 5: The Gazette (Maryland)
Changes to Homeschool Regulations Proceed
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?ID=744

Mar. 5: The Oregonian (Oregon)
Senator Criticized for Urging Parents to Flee Public Schools
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?ID=745


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