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10/21/2008 4:23:01 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
HSLDA's Weekly Update--State Groups Key to Homeschooling Success

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Topics for October 21, 2008:

1. Washington Times Op-ed--State Groups Key to Success, Growth
2. Anonymous Tip Prompts Truant Officer's Call
3. Woodruff Responds to "Jobless Homeschooler" Article
4. Homeschooling Advances Despite Legal Threat
5. Homeschooling Thru High School: The College Search Process
6. Patrick Henry College Helps Launch Bible Bee
7. Register Now for Spring Constitutional Law Online
8. Christmas Card Contest Winners Announced
9. HSLDA Essay Contest Deadline Approaching
10. Film Featuring PHC Could Help Influence Elections
11. 'Home School Heartbeat': Vocation for Everyone

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1. Washington Times Op-ed--State Groups Key to Success, Growth

One of the key components of the success and growth of homeschooling
in the United States has been state homeschool organizations.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=5714


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2. Illinois: Anonymous Tip Prompts Truant Officer's Call

An anonymous tip prompted a truant officer to say he needed to review
a Home School Legal Defense Association member family's lesson plans
and curriculum.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=5715


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3. Maine: Woodruff Responds to "Jobless Homeschooler" Article

A public school superintendent showed he was not acquainted with the
facts when he suggested homeschooled graduates have trouble finding
jobs.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=5716


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4. Kenya: Homeschooling Advances Despite Legal Threat

Thanks largely to the efforts of one pioneering family, homeschooling
has come a long way in Kenya. About 100 families educate their
children at home, backed by a homeschool support group and
fund-raising network. But this progress is threatened by new laws that
could restrict the freedom to homeschool.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=5717


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5. Homeschooling Thru High School: The College Search Process

For college bound students, the college search process is an exciting
adventure! The College Board search engine
(http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=5718) allows you to choose your
personal parameters that will then be matched to colleges. If you
prefer to limit your search to only Christian colleges, use
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=5719. Check out these additional
resources to help you organize and refine your search:

http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=5720


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6. Patrick Henry College Helps Launch Bible Bee

The Shelby Kennedy Foundation, in association with Patrick Henry
College, has launched a national Bible Bee Competition with a top
prize of $100,000.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=5721


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7. Register Now for Spring Constitutional Law Online

Registration is now open for the spring semester of Constitutional Law
Online, taught by Michael Farris, Chairman of Home School Legal
Defense Association and Chancellor of Patrick Henry College. The class
begins January 5, 2009, and concludes June 1, 2009.

If you've always wanted to learn more about the history and background
of our legal system, from a biblical perspective, or if you're looking
for a good U.S. government class for your homeschooled students, then
this class is for you! This internet-based course follows Michael
Farris' textbook, "Constitutional Law for Enlightened Citizens," and
uses a computer-based audio CD-ROM to deliver the "classroom"
lectures. Live chat-room discussions held every two weeks allow
students to pose questions to Dr. Farris.

To learn more and to register:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=5722


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8. Christmas Card Contest Winners Announced

Every year the Home School Foundation sends Christmas cards to those
who have received assistance from the Foundation. This year, we asked
homeschoolers to submit original Christmas card designs for us.

View the winning artwork:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=5723


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9. HSLDA Essay Contest Deadline Approaching

Students have until November 1 to submit entries to HSLDA's annual
student essay contest. Completed essays must be sent by mail and
accompanied by a contest entry form.

For contest guidelines and entry forms:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=5542


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10. Film Featuring PHC Could Help Influence Elections

"Come What May," a new family-friendly film with a plot centered on
Patrick Henry College's championship Moot Court team, could help
influence the upcoming national elections. The film's producers are
teaming with GodTube.com and the American Family Association to
broadcast the movie online October 27-29. The free online streaming
is meant to share "Come What May"'s pro-life message with those who
can make it a reality--America's voters.

Read more about it:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=5733


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11. 'Home School Heartbeat': Vocation for Everyone

If you're concerned about how to encourage your child toward his life
calling, this week's program brings encouragement and practical advice
for you! Dr. Gene Edward Veith sets forth a distinctly Christian
notion of vocation and explains the connection between vocation and
apprenticeship, including how apprenticeship can help your student
discover his calling.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=5724


HOMESCHOOLING IN THE NEWS
Outside news items on home education
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October 19: The Times-Republican, Marshalltown, Iowa
Eight is Just Right for a Close Family
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=5725

October 18: The Daily Observer, Pembroke, Ontario, Canada
Learning Their ABCs At Home
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=5726

October 18: The Sun Journal, New Bern, North Carolina
Homeroom's New Meaning
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=5727

October 18: WTOL-TV Channel 11, Toledo, Ohio
Mom Pulls Kid From School over Safety
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=5728

October 17: The Edmond Sun, Edmond, Oklahoma
Op-ed: Oklahomans are OK with Homeschooling
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=5729

October 7: The View, Anthem, Nevada
Henderson Homeschoolers Support Group Helps Children, Parents
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=5730

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