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7/1/2003 5:19:01 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
HSLDA's Weekly Update--July 1, 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 July 1, 2003

1. President Bush Signs 'Keeping Children and Families Safe Act'
2. Editorial: California Continues to Slight Homeschoolers
3. New York Homeschool Freedom Bill Carried Over to Next Year
4. Home School Heartbeat: Homeschooling Special Needs Children

Plus: Homeschooling in the News


ANNOUNCMENTS
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Announcing the 2003 HSLDA Art Contest

This year's theme: "Freedom in America"

Over $2,000 in prizes and open to HSLDA Members age 7 to 18.
Preliminary entry deadline is August 30, 2003. For more information
visit: http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?ID=946

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Our Survey Continues

HSLDA's National Center for Home Education is seeking your
assistance in helping us study the attitudes of employers towards
homeschool graduates. We are particularly interested in the
existence of official company policies towards homeschoolers. If you
have experience with such policies, good or bad, or anything else
which you think would be of value to us in this study, we would like
to hear from you.

Please contact the National Center for Home Education if you are
interested in helping at nche@hslda.org or by calling 540-338-7600.
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1. President Bush Signs 'Keeping Children and Families Safe Act'

New law includes protections for innocent families from overly
aggressive social workers.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?ID=940

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2. Editorial: California Continues to Slight Homeschoolers

Homeschooler passes STAR test with flying colors, but is denied state
scholarship.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?ID=941

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3. New York Homeschool Freedom Bill Carried Over to Next Year

It was close, but we ran out of time in the 2003 legislative session.
The Homeschool Freedom bill did not get voted on in the Assembly,
causing it to be carried over until next January.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?ID=942

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4. Home School Heartbeat: Homeschooling Special Needs Children

Is homeschooling a viable option for children with exceptional
learning needs? Michael Farris talks about homeschooling your
special needs child this week on Home School Heartbeat.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?ID=943

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HOMESCHOOLING IN THE NEWS
Outside news items on home education
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Jun. 26: Washington Observer-Reporter (Pennsylvania)
Pennsylvania House Passes Equal Access Bill
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?ID=944

Jun. 25: The Free Lance-Star (Virginia)
Homeschoolers Receive Congressional Medals
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?ID=945



FEATURED MEMBER DISCOUNT
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HSLDA members receive a discount of up to 20% at over 4000
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information visit:

http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?ID=681

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To celebrate our 20 years of service to the homeschool community we
are giving away 20 free one year memberships with HSLDA. Just use our
online form to tell us why you are an HSLDA member to qualify.

Congratulations to this week's winner:

Susan Aniol of Adkins, Texas

http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?ID=911
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