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12/23/2003 1:27:08 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
HSLDA's Weekly Update--December 23, 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 December 23, 2003

1. A Christmas Message from HSLDA President J. Michael Smith
2. California member caught in truancy sweep
3. HSLDA To Defend Illinois Homeschooler
4. Arizona Families Gain Important New Protections
5. Problems with No Pass / No Drive Law in Kentucky
6. Home School Heartbeat: Teaching Current Events

Plus: Homeschooling in the News


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1. A Christmas Message from HSLDA President J. Michael Smith

Following the tree-lighting ceremony at the White House, the
celebration culminates with a speech by the President of the United
States. I was so encouraged that so many presidents recognized the
real meaning of Christmas, beginning with the birth of Jesus Christ
over 2,000 years ago.

Read entire message at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=1237


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2. California member caught in truancy sweep

The thirteen year old son of a member family in San Diego has been
ordered to appear in juvenile court to face charges of violating the
city's day time curfew. The police officer who issued the citation to
appear in court, indicated that he was conducting truancy sweeps.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=1238


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3. HSLDA To Defend Illinois Homeschooler

Part of HSLDA's charitable mission includes helping nonmembers in
cases that could adversely affect all homeschoolers. To this end
HSLDA is defending an Illinois homeschooler charged with truancy
after a home visit from a school official.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=1239


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4. Arizona Families Gain Important New Protections

Homeschoolers across the country have been working hard to make some
small but important changes to the laws governing child abuse and
neglect investigations.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=1240


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5. Problems with No Pass / No Drive Law in Kentucky

Kentucky homeschoolers have clear rights under Kentucky's no pass/no
drive law, which is designed to keep dropouts from driving.
Homeschoolers are not dropouts and are permitted to use a simple
letter to prove that they are operating a private school for their
own children. Despite this, a number of families have encountered
problems in various courthouses as they try to complete paperwork for
a driver's license.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=1241


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6. Home School Heartbeat: Teaching Current Events

Should my kids be watching the news? Do I need to include a course on
current events in my lesson plans? Mike Smith talks about how
important it is for children to understand current events on this
week's Home School Heartbeat.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=1242



HOMESCHOOLING IN THE NEWS
Outside news items on home education
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Dec. 22: The Fayetteville Observer (North Carolina)
Home school students attend health program
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=1243

Dec. 17: Daily News (Kentucky)
Home Spelling Bee
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=1244

Dec. 16: Starbulletin.com (Hawaii)
Showtime for Homeschoolers
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=1245



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