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10/28/2008 4:18:54 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
HSLDA's Weekly Update--Truant Officer Threatens Court Action

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Topics for October 28, 2008:

1. Truant Officer Threatens Court Action over Absences for Illness
2. Three Police Officers and a Social Worker Scare Homeschooler
3. Dearborn Heights Form Not Mandatory
4. School District Keeps Requesting Unnecessary Information
5. Work Permit Requirements for Children Now Available to Members
6. Last Call for Essay Contest Entries
7. 'Home School Heartbeat': Principles of Government

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1. Illinois: Truant Officer Threatens Court Action over Absences for
Illness

When a teen's struggles with chronic illness caused her to miss
extended periods at public school, her parents decided to homeschool.
What they didn't expect was to be harassed by the local truant
officer.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=5749


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2. Idaho: Three Police Officers and a Social Worker Scare Homeschooler

Anonymous allegations of abuse brought a social worker and three
police officers to the house of a homeschooling family.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=5750


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3. Michigan: Dearborn Heights Form Not Mandatory

Home School Legal Defense Association intervened when public school
officials pestered a new homeschooling family for information the law
does not require.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=5751


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4. Colorado: School District Keeps Requesting Unnecessary Information

Public school officials in one district keep asking homeschoolers for
information not required by law.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=5752


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5. Work Permit Requirements for Children Now Available to Members

When children begin working outside of the home, many parents are
confused by employers' requests for permits, especially when told that
the permits must be issued by a public school official. Hourly work
restrictions and occupation prohibitions can also be confusing. For
these reasons, HSLDA unveiled this week a new resource for members--a
summary for each of the 50 states' child labor and work permit laws.

Members can access this resource through the Forms and Other Resources
page (http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=5753) or through the State
Laws page (http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=5754).


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6. Last Call for Essay Contest Entries

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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7. 'Home School Heartbeat': Principles of Government

With the privilege of voting comes the responsibility of choosing
leaders who will guard our freedoms. On this week's programs, host
Michael Farris explains the governing principles that should inform
our choice on Election Day.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=5755


HOMESCHOOLING IN THE NEWS
Outside news items on home education
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October 27: The Daily News, Starkville, Mississippi
Starkville Homeschoolers Take Second Place in State Robotics
Competition
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=5756

October 27: The Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville, Florida
Sweater's Makers Warm to Charity
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=5757

October 26: Bradenton Herald, Bradenton, Florida
Are We Biased? A 12-Year-Old Reader Weighs In
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=5758

October 25: The Herald-Review, Grand Rapids, Minnesota
Homeschooling Gains Ground in Grand Rapids
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=5761

October 24: OneNewsNow.com
Vermont Homeschoolers Facing Government Hurdle
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=5762

October 23: The Capital, Annapolis, Maryland
Art Show at Community Center Will Display Work of Homeschoolers
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=5763

October 23: The Warwick Advertiser, Warwick, New York
Homeschoolers Hope 'Paint the Drain' Campaign Educates Village
Residents
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=5764

October 22: The Daily Reporter, Spencer, Iowa
Local Homeschooling Co-op Provides Socialization
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=5765

October 21: The Boundary County Digest, Bonners Ferry, Idaho
Homeschooling Fits the Bill for Many Boundary County Families
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=5766

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