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2/18/2004 4:55:00 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
HSLDA's Weekly Update--February 18, 2004

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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 February 18, 2004

1. NBC's Law and Order SVU Smears Homeschooling
2. Constitutional Amendment Protecting Marriage - UPDATE
3. Victory - Judge rules that homeschools are "secondary" schools--
reinstates adoption subsidy
4. Two Homeschool Families Facing Truancy and Neglect Charges Win
Dismissals
5. Availability of Sports After Age Sixteen Clarified
6. Home School Heartbeat: Homeschooled Leader - Patrick Henry

Plus: Homeschooling in the News

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1. NBC's Law and Order SVU Smears Homeschooling

On February 17 NBC's 'Law and Order - Special Victims Unit' - a legal
drama produced by Universal TV Productions - aired a show about
homeschooling. It portrayed homeschooling as a cover for child abuse.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?ID=1331


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2. Constitutional Amendment Protecting Marriage - UPDATE

Your calls to the White House and Congress appear to be making an
impact since expected public statements regarding the matter have
been inexplicably delayed.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?ID=1332


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3. Victory - Judge rules that homeschools are "secondary" schools--
reinstates adoption subsidy

Indiana - An Indiana judge reversed his earlier ruling and held that
a disabled 18 year-old who is still being homeschooled is enrolled in
a "secondary" school under Indiana law, making her eligible to
continue receiving over $600 per month in adoption subsidies.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?ID=1333


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4. Two Homeschool Families Facing Truancy and Neglect Charges Win
Dismissals

Texas - The C family of Austin was successfully homeschooling their
children when an anonymous tipster decided to make their life
miserable by giving a false report to the Children Protective
Services (CPS).
The H family of Dallas County withdrew their child from school at the
beginning of this school year in order to homeschool them.
Everything was going fine. Then suddenly in January, the family
received a court summons charging them "with failure to attend
school."

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?ID=1334


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5. Availability of Sports After Age Sixteen Clarified

South Dakota - In the fall, the Aberdeen News printed an article
quoting Belle Fourche Superintendent Bill O'Dea as saying that
allowing homeschoolers between the ages of sixteen and twenty to play
on a public school sports team could result in forfeiture.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?ID=1335


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6. Home School Heartbeat: Homeschooled Leader - Patrick Henry

Where did this famous American gain his incredible skills in law,
government, and oratory? You guessed it--he learned them at home.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?ID=1336



HOMESCHOOLING IN THE NEWS
Outside news items on home education
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Feb. 17: KPVI.com (Idaho)
Measuring Homeschoolers
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?ID=1337

Feb. 12: Journal Gazette & Times-Courier (Illinois)
Committee Against Allowing Homeschooled Students in Extracurricular
Activities
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?ID=1338

Feb. 10: WQAD (Iowa)
Should Homeschooling be Monitored From Outside the Home?
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?ID=1339

Feb. 10: Minot Daily News (North Dakota)
Lesson in Survival
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?ID=1340


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