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1/23/2007 5:02:04 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
HSLDA's Weekly Update--School Demands Proof of Parent 'Competence'

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HSLDA's Weekly Update--School Demands Proof of Parent 'Competence'

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Topics for January 23, 2007:

1. School Demands Proof of Parent 'Competence'
2. Washington Times Op-ed--Fourth Amendment a Learning Tool
3. Watch for New Up-To-Date Legislative Summary
4. Warwick Policy Improves with Homeschool Family Input
5. State High Court Protects Parents Against In-law Intrusion
6. School Case Worker Officer Visits Family
7. 'Home School Heartbeat': Homeschool Alumni
8. Generation Joshua: Teen Tracks Events Motivate Teenagers


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1. New Jersey: School Demands Proof of Parent 'Competence'

A homeschooling parent contacted HSLDA immediately after a letter from
public school officials questioned her "competence" to educate her
children. Officials retracted their demands, however, when our
attorney showed they had exceeded their authority.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=3635


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2. Washington Times Op-ed--Fourth Amendment a Learning Tool

One application of the Fourth Amendment for homeschoolers came about
when school officials in Massachusetts, as part of approving a
homeschool family's right to homeschooling, asserted that the school
district should have the authority to make unannounced visits to the
home to determine that the family was legitimately teaching the
children at home.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=3636


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3. Watch for New Up-To-Date Legislative Summary

Each week during legislative season the Weekly Update will include a
new service. At the beginning of each Weekly Update there will be a
link to a webpage with information about bills that have been
introduced or acted upon during that week. HSLDA tracks bills which
affect your homeschool freedom, and this new feature will allow you to
remain up-to-date on the happenings of your state's legislature,
including recently introduced bills, committee and floor votes. We
will continue to send action e-lerts in order to generate a flood of
calls and emails to quickly influence key legislation.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=3637


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4. Rhode Island: Warwick Policy Improves with Homeschool Family Input

The Warwick school committee has adopted a new homeschool policy that
is far more parent-friendly than the previous one. The changes came
about thanks in part to courageous homeschooling families and
administrative officials who were patient and willing to listen.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=3638


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5. Maryland: State High Court Protects Parents Against In-law
Intrusion

Maryland's high court overturned state judicial precedent to uphold
the fundamental right of parents to decide what's best for their
children. Home School Legal Defense Association protects this
underlying right in order to protect the right to home education
itself.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=3639


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6. Illinois School Case Worker Officer Visits Family

State education workers went beyond what the law requires when they
tried to make homeschoolers in certain counties "register" with their
office. We took action and helped protect homeschoolers from this
attempt at government intrusion.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=3640


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7. 'Home School Heartbeat': Homeschool Alumni

What happens after a student graduates from high school at home? How
can homeschool graduates build on their unique strengths? Tune in as
Mike Smith talks with the founder of Homeschool Alumni about how
homeschool graduates are successfully making the transition to
post-high school life.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=3641


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8. Generation Joshua: Teen Track Events Motivate Teenagers

If you asked 100 average American teenagers about their level of
interest in civic involvement, the vast majority of them would
probably answer "not very much." Indeed, how could the actions of our
elected officials possibly apply to the average teenager's life?
Generation Joshua provides the answer with its Teen Track program.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=3642


HOMESCHOOLING IN THE NEWS
Outside news items on home education
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January 23: Coshocton Tribune, Coshocton, Ohio
From Public School to Homeschool, Some Students Prefer Homeschooling
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=3644

January 22: Zanesville Times-Recorder, Zanesville, Ohio
Staying Involved is Key to Success for Homeschooling, Say Parents,
Students
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=3643

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