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5/21/2008 11:51:29 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
HSLDA's Weekly Update--Acceptance Grows but Myths Persist

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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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Topics for May 20, 2008:

1. Washington Times Op-ed--Acceptance Grows but Myths Persist
2. Homeschoolers Win Access to Highway Patrol
3. Trouble Getting a State-Issued ID
4. School Rejects Home Instruction Plan
5. Register Now for Michael Farris' Constitutional Law Online Summer
Camp
6. Deadline Approaching for Poetry Contest Entries
7. 'Home School Heartbeat': Making the Grade--Why does Grading Matter?


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1. Washington Times Op-ed--Acceptance Grows but Myths Persist

How we see ourselves and how others perceive us can be very different.
That's one of the lessons from a recent survey by Ellison Research
that looked at public attitudes toward various education options.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=5135


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2. Missouri: Homeschoolers Win Access to Highway Patrol as Legislature
Closes

The advocacy of homeschoolers helped pave the way for graduates who
want to enter the Highway Patrol, and thwarted legislation that would
have restricted the freedom of home educators.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=5136


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3. Michigan: Trouble Getting a State-Issued ID

Several members reported major problems obtaining state-issued
identification cards for their children due to new laws. HSLDA learned
the new requirements allow for a wider range of documentation than
some officials were accepting.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=5137


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4. New York: School Rejects Home Instruction Plan

Homeschooling on Long Island, a member family was surprised to have
their IHIP rejected by their local school district because of their
physical education program. The district insisted that the family had
to document the number of minutes per day they would be providing
physical education to their children before they would "approve" their
IHIP.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=5138


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5. Register Now for Michael Farris' Constitutional Law Online Summer
Camp

If you have a son or daughter who wants to complete a full semester of
high school-level constitutional law (normally counted as a government
course) in just three weeks, Michael Farris' online summer camp may be
an ideal fit. Dr. Farris will cover the same material as in his
regular full-semester constitutional law course for high schoolers.
However, the summer course offers more interaction with Dr. Farris and
fellow students.

To learn more and to register:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=5139


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6. Deadline Approaching for Poetry Contest Entries

Through June 1, HSLDA is accepting entries for its 2008 student poetry
contest. Students must follow specific forms and adhere to specific
themes according to their age. This year, contest themes focus on a
trio of great American paintings.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=5086


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7. 'Home School Heartbeat': Making the Grade--Why does Grading Matter?

When it comes to evaluating schoolwork in the homeschool setting, some
parents wonder if their expectations are too high while others worry
theirs are too low. With this kind of confusion, why even grade? On
this week's series, Mike Smith and his guest Lesha Myers talk about
the value of grading and how to make it work for your homeschool.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=5140


HOMESCHOOLING IN THE NEWS
Outside news items on home education
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May 19: The Herald, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Thousands in South Africa Opt for Homeschooling
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=5141

May 17: The Gazette, Billings, Montana
Hundreds Attend Homeschool Convention
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=5142

May 15: The Telegraph, Nashua, New Hampshire
Homeschooling Bill Kept Alive by House
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=5143

May 13: The Community Recorder, Cincinnati, Ohio
Families Celebrate Homeschooling
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=5144

May 12: WorldNetDaily.com
Parents Losing Custody for Homeschooling Kids
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=5145

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