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2/13/2007 3:31:09 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
HSLDA's Weekly Update--Data Show Virtual Schools Underperforming

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>> Legislation in Your State

If you live in Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, New
Hampshire, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, or West Virginia, click the
link below for important news about legislation that could affect your
freedom to homeschool.

http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=3703


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Topics for February 13, 2007:

1. Data Show Virtual Schools Underperforming
2. Listening Only to Christian Music Considered Child Abuse?
3. Family Told They Must Enroll Children in School
4. District Demands More Information
5. Family Stands Firm in Face of Social Worker's Threats
6. 'Home School Heartbeat': Homeschooled Leader--George Washington
7. Generation Joshua: 2007 Family/Teen Camp Announcement


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1. Idaho: Data Show Virtual Schools Underperforming

Test scores show Idaho's effort to get in on the latest "big thing" in
education--virtual public schools--is failing. Students in these
public-school-at-home programs can't even match the percentage of
proficiency achieved at brick-and-mortar public schools.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=3735


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2. Michigan: Listening Only to Christian Music Considered Child Abuse?

A homeschooling family came under investigation for a variety of
absurd allegations, including only allowing their two boys to listen
to Christian music. Our attorney intervened and helped persuade social
workers to close the case.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=3736


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3. Hawaii: Family Told They Must Enroll Children in School

A member family contacted us after being threatened with possible
educational neglect charges by the local public school registrar. We
pointed out that the registrar had misconstrued state law.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=3737


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4. New York: District Demands More Information

When a member family received a letter from public school officials
stating their quarterly homeschooling report was incomplete, the
family contacted us. Our attorney showed officials that the family had
indeed met the requirements as spelled out by state law.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=3738


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5. Washington: Family Stands Firm in Face of Social Worker's Threats

False laboratory results led to the investigation of a member family
on allegations of child abuse. With the help of our attorney, the
family refuted the allegations and kept social workers from entering
their home.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=3739


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6. 'Home School Heartbeat': Homeschooled Leader--George Washington

As America honors the birthday of our first president, homeschoolers
can take a cue from Washington's education. Taught at home by his
mother after his father died, the young George combined academic
studies with good doses of practical application and character
training. The lessons he learned prepared him to lead our young nation
to victory.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=3740


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7. Generation Joshua: 2007 Family/Teen Camp Announcement

Generation Joshua is excited to announce the location and dates for
the 2007 Family/Teen Camp! This year, the camp will be held at the
stunning YMCA Camp Ocoee near Chattanooga, Tennessee from July 1-7.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=3741



HOMESCHOOLING IN THE NEWS
Outside news items on home education
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February 10: WDAM-TV News 7, Hattiesburg, Mississippi
Teenager Honored as National Hero by Boy Scouts
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=3742

February 9: The Post-Crescent, Appleton, Wisconsin
Hortonville Family of 12 is Used to 'Life with Noise'
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=3743

February 7: WorldNetDaily.com
Campaign Launched on Behalf of German Teen
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=3744

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