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4/4/2006 5:30:33 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
HSLDA'S Weekly Update--NCHE's Legislative Briefing Report

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Topics for April 4, 2006:


1. National Center for Home Education--Legislative Briefing Report
2. Washington Times Op-ed: Compulsory Attendance Deserves F
3. Family Told: 'We Will Take Your Children!'
4. The Social Worker at Your Door: 10 Helpful Hints
5. School District Oversteps Authority
6. School District Refuses To Provide Monitor
7. School District Drops Unlawful Proposal
8. Special Education Services Reinstated for Homeschoolers
9. School District Insists on Use of its Forms
10. "Home School Heartbeat": Homeschooling Basics


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1. National Center for Home Education--Legislative Briefing Report

The National Center for Home Education's 2006 Legislative Summit
reached one of its high points on Thursday morning, March 30. Four
Senators and eight Representatives spoke to our group of 75 homeschool
leaders.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=2958

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2. Washington Times Op-ed: Compulsory Attendance Deserves F

The argument for placing increasingly younger children into school is
that it will improve academic attainment. It is believed that because
of their early entrance, the children will be ready to learn when they
enter the formative years of education. This has not been proven to be
true.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=2954

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3. North Carolina: Family Told--'We Will Take Your Children!'

A North Carolina member family called us when a social worker
threatened to take their children. Our attorneys intervened and showed
the family how to prove their innocence.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=2951

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4. The Social Worker at Your Door: 10 Helpful Hints

If your family is targeted by a social services investigation, protect
your children by invoking your Fourth Amendment rights.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=2952

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5. Alabama: School District Oversteps Authority

Homeschoolers in Houston County turned to us when local public school
officials began demanding monthly enrollment and attendance reports.
Our attorney showed officials their request went beyond what state law
requires.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=2953

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6. North Dakota: School District Refuses To Provide Monitor

A member family contacted us after local public school officials
refused to provide a teaching "monitor" as required by state law. Our
attorneys contacted the officials and pointed out that if the school
district refused to furnish a monitor this would waive the requirement
that the home education program be monitored at all.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=2955

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7. Pennsylvania: School District Drops Unlawful Proposal

After receiving a letter from Senior Counsel Dewitt Black of Home
School Legal Defense Association, the board of school directors of the
Bethlehem Area School District decided to abandon a plan to
discriminate against homeschooling students participating in
extracurricular activities at the public school.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=2956

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8. Illinois: Special Education Services Reinstated for Homeschoolers

A member family contacted us after being told their child no longer
qualified for federally mandated special needs services. Public
education officials in Illinois were claiming that state law did not
require them to help special-needs homeschoolers. HSLDA attorneys
contacted state officials and showed them they were wrong.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=2957

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9. Georgia: School District Insists on Use of its Forms

In January, a school social worker from Gainesville City Schools went
to the home of a Home School Legal Defense Association member family
and advised the mother that she was required to utilize the
declaration of intent and attendance forms provided by the school
district.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=2959

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10. "Home School Heartbeat": Homeschooling Basics

"I want to homeschool, but I don't know what to do about . . ." If
you're feeling doubtful or are unsure how home education will fit into
your family's schedule, tune in for some encouragement. This week,
Michael Farris offers practical advice to help moms, dads, and kids
enjoy a smoother homeschool experience.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=2960


HOMESCHOOLING IN THE NEWS
Outside news items on home education
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April 3: Clayton News-Daily, Jonesboro, Georgia
A Family's Efforts for Homeschooling in Clayton
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=2961

April 2: The Edmond Sun, Oklahoma
Homeschooler Knows His World
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=2962

March 31: The Flint Journal, Michigan
Home-School League Hopes to Change Image
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=2963

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