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2/5/2008 5:09:24 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
HSLDA's Weekly Update--Tragedy Could Heighten Homeschool Scrutiny

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-> Extreme makeovers are for extreme circumstances...

Most homeschools don't need an extreme makeover, but there is
something to be said for attention to detail and recognition of
accomplishments. Watch the media and you'll soon see that not
everyone wants home educators and homeschooling to look good.
HSLDA works hard to shed light on the good work of home educators
so it's obvious that we don't need someone "making-over" our
homeschools. Join HSLDA and help us show the world that we're fine
as we are . . . thank you!

More reasons to join HSLDA...
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=1943

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>> Legislation in Your State

If you live in Colorado, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Nebraska
or Vermont, click the link below for important news about legislation
that could affect your freedom to homeschool.

http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=4633


HSLDA's Weekly Update--Tragedy Could Heighten Homeschool Scrutiny

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Topics for February 5, 2008:

1. Tragedy Prompts Calls for Heightened Homeschool Scrutiny
2. Homeschooler Proves His Olympic Spirit
3. HSLDA 25th Anniversary: Your Homeschooling Memories Wanted
4. ParentalRights.org Reaches 10,000 Petition Signers
5. Patrick Henry College Job Openings
6. 'Home School Heartbeat': Parental Rights Amendment
7. Generation Joshua: Announcing Winter 2008 Essay Contest


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1. District of Columbia: Tragedy Prompts Calls for Heightened
Homeschool Scrutiny

District of Columbia officials investigated homeschoolers in the wake
of the Banita Jacks tragedy--in which four young girls were killed.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=4719


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2. Homeschooler Proves His Olympic Spirit

Born with Persuasive Developmental Disorder (mild autism), Daniel
Glick wasn't talking or even throwing a ball four years ago. But after
a year of competitive bowling with Special Olympics, now Daniel is
winning ribbons and making friends.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=4720


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3. HSLDA 25th Anniversary: Your Homeschooling Memories Wanted

Help us celebrate 25 years of service to the homeschooling community
and earn a chance to win weekly prizes. Tell us in 25 words or less
what HSLDA means to your family. Email your contest entry to
celebrate25@hslda.org, and you could win a $25 gift certificate to the
HSLDA Bookstore or GPA SmartStore. Look for our next 25th anniversary
contest beginning April 1.

For contest details:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=4622


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4. ParentalRights.org Reaches 10,000 Petition Signers

Thanks to the active involvement of supporters across the nation,
ParentalRights.org now has over 10,000 signatures to the Petition for
Parental Rights. More are needed to make the Parental Rights Amendment
a reality. If you haven't signed the petition yet, be sure to lend
your voice to the battle to protect the child-parent relationship. You
can sign the petition, and also inform your friends and neighbors of
this campaign by visiting our website.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=4726


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5. Patrick Henry College Job Openings

Patrick Henry College has two openings in its IT Department: (1) Web
Developer--responsible for the design, development, implementation,
testing, and maintenance of web-based enterprise applications. (2)
Lead Developer/Analyst--responsible for reviewing, analyzing,
modifying, and developing solutions to meet the business needs of the
College. Please note that these are different positions from the
similar openings announced recently by HSLDA.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=4721


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6. 'Home School Heartbeat': Parental Rights Amendment

Looking around, we can see many worthwhile social, moral, and
political battles to fight. Is any one of them more important than the
others? Join us this week on "Home School Heartbeat," as Michael
Farris explains which battle should be at the center of homeschoolers'
attention.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=4722


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6. Generation Joshua: Announcing Winter 2008 Essay Contest

Discovering what has been achieved in the past can be a great
motivator to make a difference in the present. To this end,
Generation Joshua announces its subject for the Winter 2008 Essay
Contest, "Highlighting Courageous Youth in American History."
Submissions are due March 1, 2008. Top prize is an Amazon.com $100
gift card.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=4727


HOMESCHOOLING IN THE NEWS
Outside news items on home education
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February 5: Midlothian Exchange.com, Midlothian, Virginia
Homeschoolers Making Waves
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=4728

February 3: The Sentinel, Orlando, Florida
Homeschool Athletic Association Gives Kids Chance to Play
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=4723

February 2: Converting Magazine
Bubble Wrap Wallpaper Comforts Autistic Children, Wins Top Prize
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=4724

January 29: The Independent Tribune, Concord, North Carolina
Restaurant Opens Kitchen to Homeschooled Students
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=4725

> Links do not imply endorsement.



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