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5/15/2007 4:51:42 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
HSLDA's Weekly Update--Bill Would Lower Compulsory School Attendance Age

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>> Legislation in Your State

If you live in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Oregon or South Carolina,
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 May 15, 2007:

1. Bill Would Lower Compulsory School Attendance Age
2. CAPTA Legislation Enacted
3. Legislation for Participation in Public School Activities
4. Sullivan County Attempts to Require Gateway Exams
5. Home School Foundation: Register Free to be Life-Saving Marrow
Donor
6. 'Home School Heartbeat': Mother's Day Encouragement


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1. Pennsylvania: Bill Would Lower Compulsory School Attendance Age

If enacted, House Bill 1143 would lower Pennsylvania's compulsory
school attendance age from 8 to 6. This means that home educators
would be subject to Pennsylvania's burdensome homeschool law two years
earlier than is now required.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=4100


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2. Mississippi: CAPTA Legislation Enacted

On March 14, 2007, Governor Haley Barbour signed into law House Bill
1121, which requires social workers to inform an individual being
investigated for child abuse or neglect of the specific allegations
against the individual.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=4101


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3. Alabama: Legislation for Participation in Public School Activities

The Legislature of Alabama is considering two bills which would affect
the right of students being taught at home to participate in
extracurricular activities at public and nonpublic schools.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=4102


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4. Tennessee: Sullivan County Attempts to Require Gateway Exams

In a memorandum to parents of homeschool students dated November 27,
2006, the Sullivan County Department of Education in Blountville
notified homeschoolers that Gateway Exams in Algebra I, English II,
and Biology would be administered on specified dates.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=4103


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5. Home School Foundation: Register Free to be Life-Saving Marrow
Donor

The Home School Foundation encourages homeschooling families to take
advantage of a special program that could help save lives. From now
through May 21, The Thanks Mom Marrow Donor Drive is sponsoring free
screenings for the National Marrow Donor Program registry. The quick,
easy, painless process could identify you as a match for someone
struggling with one of several diseases--such as an Ohio member
family's teen who was recently diagnosed with leukemia.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=4104


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6. 'Home School Heartbeat': Mother's Day Encouragement

Along the journey of motherhood, there are times when every mom may
feel discouraged and wonder if the work she does is even noticed. But
whatever society may say, motherhood is one of the most important
callings in the world. Tune in as Mike Smith describes the important
role that mothers play.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=4105



HOMESCHOOLING IN THE NEWS
Outside news items on home education
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May 14: The Sun-Herald, Gulfport, Mississippi
Homeschool Graduation 'A Family Celebration'
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=4106

May 14: The Journal-World & News, Lawrence, Kansas
Parents Refute Belief that Homeschooled Children are Anti-social
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=4107

May 13: The Times Colonist, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Homeschooling Scor6es Well in Surveys
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=4108

May 11: The Roanoke Times, Roanoke, Virginia
Home is Her Classroom
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=4109

May 11: RaisingKids.co.uk
New Guidelines For Homeschooling
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=4110

May 9: The Star-Tribune, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota
Homeschooling Proves its Merit with Scholarships
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=4111

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