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1/18/2006 1:20:40 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
HSLDA's Weekly Update--Sloppy Recording by District Leads to CPS Report

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Topics for January 18, 2006:

1. Sloppy Recording by District Leads to CPS Report
2. "The End of the Spear"--New Film A Great Teaching Tool
3. Is Homeschooling Neglect?
4. Department of Education Opposes Single Parents
5. District Invents New Requirement
6. Breakthrough on PSAT and AP in Virginia Beach
7. School Denies Grade Levels Chosen by Parents
8. Homeschooling Thru High School--Career Opportunities
9. "Home School Heartbeat"-- How to Use the Internet
10. Generation Joshua--Clubs Continue to Grow


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1. New York: Sloppy Recording by District Leads to CPS Report

When a homeschool family in New York received a surprise visit from
local Child Protective Service workers, they quickly contacted the
Home School Legal Defense Association. Our attorneys learned that the
false accusation of educational neglect was sparked by a school
official losing the family's paperwork.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=2776

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2. "The End of the Spear"--New Film A Great Teaching Tool

A new film offers a great opportunity to teach your homeschoolers
about courage, faith, love and forgiveness.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=2777

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3. Massachusetts: Is Homeschooling Neglect?

Home School Legal Defense Association attorneys successfully reversed
a neglect ruling brought against one homeschooling family. But the
battle against a troublesome "advance approval" law continues.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=2778

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4. Nebraska: Department of Education Opposes Single Parents

A single mother contacted the Home School Legal Defense Association
when she discovered Nebraska would not let her homeschool her child
without the father's consent. After much negotiation, HSLDA attorneys
persuaded officials last year to acknowledge her right to homeschool.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=2779

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5. Ohio: District Invents New Requirement

A member family in Ohio contacted the Home School Legal Defense
Association when they received a letter from a public school official
stating that their child must carry an excuse letter while outside the
home during school days. HSLDA attorneys promptly exposed the phony
mandate.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=2780

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6. Virginia: Breakthrough on PSAT and AP in Virginia Beach

After a major effort by the Home School Legal Defense Association and
other homeschool families and organizations, Virginia Beach is taking
steps to open up AP tests and the Preliminary SAT (PSAT) test to
homeschool families.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=2781

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7. Hawaii: School Denies Grade Levels Chosen by Parents

Home School Legal Defense Association attorneys intervened on behalf
of a homeschooling family in Hawaii who were told they were educating
their children at the "wrong" grade level.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=2782

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8. Homeschooling Thru High School--Career Opportunities

When designing a high school program for your child, it's important to
keep in mind his or her post-high school plans. But if your child
doesn't have any idea yet of a future career, help out by suggesting
he investigate a variety of opportunities. There are several websites
that provide information on exploring career fields.

For more career resources:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=2789

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9. "Home School Heartbeat"-- How to Use the Internet

In just a few short years, the Internet has become a powerful and
pervasive tool. How can it enhance your homeschool? This week, Mike
Smith discusses how the Internet can help you teach your children and
addresses some common issues, such as protecting your children from
offensive websites and choosing a distance learning program.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=2785

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10. Generation Joshua--Clubs Continue to Grow

Generation Joshua Clubs are the backbone of the GenJ program. Our
vision is for the clubs to become the primary means people use to
change their communities.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=2786


HOMESCHOOLING IN THE NEWS
Outside news items on home education
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January 15: ChallengerNKY.com, Kentucky
Are Parents the Best Teachers?
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=2787

January 12: The Patriot-News, Pennsylvania
District Will Open Activities to Homeschoolers
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=2788



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