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3/18/2008 4:44:04 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
HSLDA's Weekly Update--Fundamental Right in Jeopardy

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>> Legislation in Your State

If you live in the Alabama, Florida, Massachusetts, Minnesota, South
Carolina 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


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Topics for March 18, 2008:

1. Washington Times Op-ed--Fundamental Right in Jeopardy
2. Dropouts Required to Homeschool
3. Family Almost Loses Benefits
4. Governor Signs Bills Improving Homeschool Law
5. Homeschooling Thru High School--Conferences
6. Homeschoolers Eligible for Children's Art Contest
7. 'Home School Heartbeat': Interview with Clarence Thomas


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1. Washington Times Op-ed--Fundamental Right in Jeopardy

Tragedies can bring unintended consequences. Regrettably, this is
happening here in our nation's capital, and homeschoolers are in the
line of fire.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=4897


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2. Indiana: Dropouts Required to Homeschool

Homeschool groups in several northern Indiana communities have
reported that public school dropouts are being told by public school
officials that they must register for homeschooling. Many of these
families have no idea what the law is or how to go about
homeschooling.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=4898


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3. Arizona: Family Almost Loses Benefits

Recently a homeschooling family was told they could lose some benefits
from the Arizona Department of Economic Services because their
affidavit of homeschooling is not proof of attending school. Home
School Legal Defense Association wrote a letter on behalf of our
member family to help demonstrate that homeschooling was taking place
and was legally sufficient under Arizona law.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=4899


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4. Virginia: Governor Signs Bills Improving Homeschool Law

Virginia's legislative session closed with Governor Tim Kaine signing
into law two bills which simplify both the start-up process and
year-end assessments for homeschoolers in the Old Dominion.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=4900


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5. Homeschooling Thru High School--Conferences

It's that time of the year, when many states are scheduling their
annual homeschool conferences. Plan to attend to take advantage of the
many helpful workshops, review curriculum and talk to some the authors
or developers of the material of interest. Access your state
organization websites at http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=4924 .

Becky and Diane, our high school coordinators, are available to
provide seminars on high school topics at your annual homeschool
conference. Because they accept a limited number of speaking
engagements per year, you may wish to encourage your state
organization leadership to book them early. You can check out their
seminar topics at http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=4925 .


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6. Homeschoolers Eligible for Children's Art Contest

Children all over the world can write and draw to win one of a dozen
dude ranch vacations offered as prizes in the Children's International
Arts Festival. Kids ages 5-12 can enter by answering and illustrating
Bible-related questions for an online book the festival organizer
plans to publish. They may also write an essay explaining why their
teacher should win one of the trips.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=4901


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7. 'Home School Heartbeat': Interview with Clarence Thomas

This week, host Mike Farris speaks with U.S. Supreme Court Justice
Clarence Thomas about his recently published memoir, "My Grandfather's
Son." Justice Thomas's memoir is an honest look at one of America's
most remarkable leaders. He recounts his life from childhood to
manhood, the impact of his grandfather's extraordinary life, as well
as early phases of his education.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=4902


HOMESCHOOLING IN THE NEWS
Outside news items on home education
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March 18: North County Times, San Diego, California
Ruling Worries Homeschooling Supporters
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=4917

March 17: The New York Times, New York, New York
Growing Cheers for the Home-Schooled Team
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=4903

March 16: East Valley Tribune, Phoenix, Arizona
Homeschooling Parents Worry about Certification
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=4904

March 16: Indianapolis Star, Indianapolis, Indiana
Homeschooled Speller Wins Slugfest
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=4905

March 14: Napa Valley Register, Napa, California
Homeschoolers Rail Against Certification Ruling
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=4906

March 13: Fort Leavenworth Lamp, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas
FMWR Reaches out to Homeschooling Families
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=4907

March 13: HumanEvents.com
California Courts Effectively Ban Homeschooling
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=4908

March 13: San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco, California
Legal Challenge Pledged in Homeschool Ruling
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=4909

March 13: Catholic News Agency
California Resolution Denouncing Anti-homeschooling Ruling Introduced
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=4910

March 13: WorldNetDaily.com
Introducing God's New Harvard
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=4911

March 12: The Post-Tribune, Valparaiso, Indiana
Program Puts Homeschooled Students in Spotlight
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=4912

March 11: The Union-Tribune, San Diego, California
Calif. School Chief Backs Parents' Right to Homeschool
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=4913

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