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1/13/2009 4:49:02 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
HSLDA's Weekly Update--U.N. Treaty Might Weaken Families

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Legislative Update

If you live in Missouri or North Dakota, click on the link below to
learn about legislation that could affect your freedom to homeschool.

http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=5972


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Topics for January 13, 2009:

1. Washington Times Op-ed--U.N. Treaty Might Weaken Families
2. Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008
3. Court Orders New Trial for Homeschoolers Sentenced to Prison
4. School District Cancels Hearing after Receiving Letter from HSLDA
5. Don't Miss Out! Register your Local Bible Bee Now
6. Homeschoolers Targeted for Virtual Charter Schools
7. Essay Contest Winners Announced
8. 'Home School Heartbeat': Encouragement for Moms


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1. Washington Times Op-ed--U.N. Treaty Might Weaken Families

One of the issues American families could face this year is the
ramifications from a treaty called the United Nations Convention on
the Rights of the Child.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=5960


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2. Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008

Home School Legal Defense Association has received numerous inquiries
about how new federal consumer product safety standards will affect
the sales of textbooks and other educational materials at venues such
as homeschool conventions and the online HSLDA Curriculum Market.
While transactions at these venues are subject to federal standards,
it is unlikely that this new law will significantly affect them, or
individual vendors.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=5978


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3. Germany: Court Orders New Trial for Homeschoolers Sentenced to
Prison

A German couple's jail sentence was overturned on Christmas Eve. The
family may still face prosecution for homeschooling, however.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=5961


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4. Michigan: School District Cancels Hearing after Receiving Letter
from HSLDA

A member family who wanted to homeschool their special needs son asked
HSLDA for help when public school officials interfered.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=5962


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5. Don't Miss Out! Register your Local Bible Bee Now

There are only a few weeks left to register Local Bible Bees before
the January 31, 2009 deadline! The Bible Bee staff is urging you to
call as soon as possible if you plan on scheduling a Bible Bee in your
community.

For more information, or to receive a brief summary of the Local Bible
Bee program, please call 1-888-3-Bible-B (1-888-324-2532), or visit
the Bible Bee website at http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=5963 .


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6. Homeschoolers Targeted for Virtual Charter Schools

Virtual charter schools, with their many alluring benefits, may seem
like a bargain to homeschooling families. But to obtain these benefits
homeschoolers must agree to forfeit much of their parental authority.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=5964


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7. Essay Contest Winners Announced

The results for the 2008 Essay Contest are in! This year, students
were asked to argue for or against certain international proverbs.

Read winning essays at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=5965


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8. 'Home School Heartbeat': Encouragement for Moms

Encouragement is a key ingredient to successful homeschooling! Whether
you're facing another long winter day or the criticism of family and
friends for your choice to homeschool, Zan Tyler joins host Mike Smith
this week to offer timely encouragement for homeschooling moms.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=5966


HOMESCHOOLING IN THE NEWS
Outside news items on home education
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January 12: Charlotte Observer, Charlotte, North Carolina
Boy Passing by Alerts Family of Burning House
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=5967

January 11: Grand Forks Herald, Grand Forks, North Dakota
Homeschooled Teenager has Budding Career as a Historical Novelist
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=5968

January 10: News and Tribune, New Albany, Indiana
Trend to Go Home for School is on the Rise across Indiana, Nation
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=5969

January 9: Florida Baptist Witness
Tim Tebow's Mom Says Scripture, Faith are 'Secrets' to Parenting
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=5970

January 6: KXTV News 10, Sacramento, California
Homeschooled Student Numbers Soaring
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=5971

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