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4/15/2008 4:47:46 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
HSLDA's Weekly Update--California Case Jeopardizes Gains

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H S L D A ' s W E E K L Y U P D A T E
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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 California, Louisiana, Nebraska 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=4633


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Topics for April 15, 2008:

1. Washington Times Op-ed--California Case Jeopardizes Gains
2. DuPage County Requires Unnecessary Registration
3. Homeschoolers Overcome Difficulties to Participate in Rodeo
4. Member Obtains Cancellation of Portfolio Review
5. New Video Released on ParentalRights.org
6. Homeschooling Thru High School: Homeschool Graduation Celebrations
7. HSLDA 25th Anniversary: Your Homeschooling Memories Wanted
8. 'Home School Heartbeat': Homeschooled Leader--James Madison


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1. Washington Times Op-ed--California Case Jeopardizes Gains

The California Court of Appeal for the Second Appellate District found
in the case of In re: Rachel L. that a homeschooling family involved
in a juvenile court proceeding did not have a right to homeschool in
California unless the children's teacher held a California teaching
credential. That decision sent shock waves through the homeschooling
community.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=5012


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2. Illinois: DuPage County Requires Unnecessary Registration

Illinois homeschooling families are not required to register their
homeschools, despite whatever forms they may receive in the mail from
public school officials.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=5013


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3. Colorado: Homeschoolers Overcome Difficulties to Participate in
Rodeo

After being contacted by a member family, Home School Legal Defense
Association worked with a national rodeo organization to ensure a
change in policy would not discriminate against homeschoolers.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=5014


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4. Florida: Member Obtains Cancellation of Portfolio Review

Public school officials decided not to require a member family to have
their students' portfolios reviewed after HSLDA intervened.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=5015


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5. New Video Released on ParentalRights.org

ParentalRights.org has released a new video discussing the threat to
parental rights, and how every parent can get involved in protecting
and preserving those rights. For information on downloading the video,
or requesting a DVD copy to feature at an event in your area, visit:

http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=5016


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6. Homeschooling Thru High School: Homeschool Graduation Celebrations

For those families who will graduate a homeschool senior soon,
remember to check out HSLDA's graduation supplies including caps and
gowns, diplomas and covers, and a nice variety of announcement cards.
In addition, the February 2007 edition of HSLDA's high school email
newsletter provided ideas for homeschool graduation activities. It's
time to celebrate!

Shop for caps and gowns: http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=5017
Read the February high school newsletter:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=5018


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7. HSLDA 25th Anniversary: Your Homeschooling Memories Wanted

Help us celebrate 25 years of service to the homeschooling community,
and earn a chance to win prizes. Tell us in 50 words or less your
family's favorite or funniest homeschool moment ever. Email your
contest entry to celebrate25@hslda.org, and you could win $50. Look
for our next 25th anniversary contest beginning July 1.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=5019


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8. 'Home School Heartbeat': Homeschooled Leader--James Madison

James Madison's childhood education, closely supervised by his
parents, prepared him for much more than his collegiate studies at
Princeton University. It also sparked his distinguished career as
American statesman and president. Madison's biblically based education
instilled in him a strong sense of the proper role of government,
inspiring him to play a crucial role in the constitutional debates. As
Mike Smith points out on this week's Home School Heartbeat, without
Madison's articulate defense of a federal form of government in
several of the Federalist Papers, it is doubtful the Constitution
would have ever been ratified.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=5020


HOMESCHOOLING IN THE NEWS
Outside news items on home education
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April 15: Daily Press & Argus, Livingston County, Michigan
Homeschoolers' Bill Gets Bad Marks
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=5021

April 15: The Sun, San Bernadino, California
Breaking the Law?
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=5022

April 14: The Daily Texan, Austin, Texas
Learning Away from Home: Homeschoolers Adjust to UT
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=5023

April 13: South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Broward County, Florida
Davie Event Helps Parents Choosing to Homeschool
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=5024

April 9: The Grand Rapids Press, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Homeschool Advocates Rally in Lansing
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=5026

April 9: The East African Standard, Nairobi, Kenya
Kenya: The Homeschooling Option
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=5029

> Links do not imply endorsement.



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