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2/6/2007 5:02:17 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
HSLDA's Weekly Update--Virtual Academy Threatens Homeschool Freedom

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If you live in Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, New
Hampshire, New Mexico, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Vermont, or
Washington, D.C., click the link below for important news about
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http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=3703

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Topics for February 6, 2007:

1. Virtual Academy Poses Threat to Private Homeschool Freedom
2. Bogus Homeschool Complaints may Jump after Misleading Article
3. Government Homeschools Score Worse than Public Schools
4. Home School Foundation--Homeschoolers Helping Homeschoolers
5. 'Home School Heartbeat': The Humble Beginnings of Honest Abe
6. Generation Joshua: Chats and Message Boards Deepen Education


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1. Wisconsin: Virtual Academy Poses Threat to Private Homeschool
Freedom

One Wisconsin public school district plans to have its virtual academy
begin offering high school classes at home. Private homeschoolers
should not be fooled by this tempting--but dangerous--offer.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=3704


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2. South Dakota: Bogus Homeschool Complaints May Jump After Misleading
Article

Black Hills Today recently published a misleading online article that
misconstrued homeschool law and may have confused families and
officials and unintentionally encouraged bogus complaints against
homeschool families.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=3705


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3. Idaho: Government Homeschools Score Worse than Public Schools

When Idaho approved virtual charter schools in 2005, educators hoped
the state-run schools at home would mimic the academic success of
private homeschoolers. So far that has not been the case.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=3706


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4. Home School Foundation--Homeschoolers Helping Homeschoolers

Over the past several years the Home School Foundation has reached
many struggling families, at just the right moment, to encourage them
not to give up, so that they can continue to experience the blessings
of a home education.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=3725


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5. 'Home School Heartbeat': The Humble Beginnings of Honest Abe

This month, we celebrate the birthday of one of America's greatest
presidents--Abraham Lincoln. But did you know that Honest Abe had less
than one year of formal schooling? Tune in as Mike Smith draws some
homeschool lessons from Lincoln's life, on this week's Home School
Heartbeat.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=3707


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6. Generation Joshua: Chats and Message Boards Deepen Education

Technology continues to have an amazing impact on education. For
example, 20 years ago, few had ever heard the word "Internet," and
even fewer had actually used it. Today, the Internet has become part
of all aspects of our daily life: our home, our work, and even our
schooling.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=3708


HOMESCHOOLING IN THE NEWS
Outside news items on home education
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February 4: TCPalm.com, Fort Pierce, Florida
North Palm Beach County Club Lets Homeschooled Kids Interact With
Other Children
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=3709

February 4: Lexington Herald-Leader, Lexington, Kentucky
Homeschoolers Gain Socialization, Specialized Teaching
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=3710

January 31: The Leader Times, Kitanning, Pennsylvania
Keeping on Her Toes: Homeschooled Teen Named State Fair Queen
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=3711

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