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2/20/2009 5:13:26 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Spring 2009 Group Quarterly E-zine

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IN THIS ISSUE:

What's New ...With You?
Roster Reminder: (Update your Roster and Earn Rewards)
Group Wise: (Affiliate Program--Earn Money for Your Group)
FYI: (High School Coordinator's Blog)
A Final Word: (HSLDA President Mike Smith on Why We Won in California)

WHAT'S NEW ....With You?

We just love hearing from our groups! If you have a comment,
suggestion, praise or a story you'd like to share, please let us know.
If we think it's especially newsworthy, we'll consider including it in
the next quarterly group e-zine. We want to continue improving our
service to our groups, as well as connecting groups with each other in
order to share ideas and encourage one another.

Please tell us what is new with you! In order for us to give you the
very best service possible, please check your online listing with us
on the Homeschool Organizations page to see if we have up-to-date
information for your group:
http://www.hslda.org/orgs/default.asp

If there are any changes to be made, such as a new address or website,
or if you want your group to be added or removed from our website,
please contact the Group Services Administrator, Abigail Dunlap at
(540) 338-5600 or discountgroups@hslda.org. If you do not see your
group listed on the website, please contact us with your current
contact information:

> Name of Group
> Group Administrator/President/Main Facilitator
> Contact Person handling Roster Updates (if different from Group
Administrator)
> Address
> Phone
> Email
> Website (if available)

We anticipate and appreciate your prompt response!


ROSTER REMINDER: Update Group Roster to Earn Rewards!

Here is your quarterly reminder to update your online group roster!
Groups who update their roster twice during the "regular" school year
(once in the fall and once in the spring) become eligible for our
Roster Rewards Program the following fall. In October 2008, HSLDA
gave out free memberships to groups who submitted at least two roster
updates during the 2007-2008 school year. Updating your roster
includes adding or removing families from the roster, or letting us
know there are no changes to be made, Sending a "No Changes" report is
as simple as pushing a button, and counts as an update.

Make sure your group is eligible for rewards by updating now! We
appreciate all the groups that participated this last year and hope
that more will join the ranks of qualifying groups for fall 2009. If
you have questions about the Roster Rewards Program or need your
group's roster log-in information, please contact the Group Services
Administrator, Abigail Dunlap at (540) 338-5600 or
discountgroups@hslda.org.


GROUP WISE: Affiliate Program Benefits Your Group

If you like earning rewards, we think you'll love HSLDA's Affiliate
Program, a related, but separate program from the Discount Group
Program. We're very excited about the Affiliate Program because it
gives us another way to financially support homeschool organizations
like yours. Groups who become affiliates receive $20 for every family
they refer that becomes an HSLDA member.* Families of affiliate
groups enjoy the program because it gives them further opportunity to
support their local or state organization in addition to supporting
HSLDA. Think of it as a way for support groups and their families to
reinvest locally while simultaneously supporting homeschooling
nationally.

Becoming an affiliate is quick and easy, and once you've signed up,
you can start tracking your referrals online. For details (including
an online sign-up!) please visit our Affiliate Program webpage at:
http://www.hslda.org/affiliates/JoinOrUpdate.aspx.

*Only new memberships, paid in full at time of application qualify.
Renewals or new memberships on a payment plan are excluded. See
website for details.


FYI: High School Coordinator's Blog

Becky Cooke and Diane Kummer, HSLDA's High School Coordinators, share
timely tips, resource suggestions, and encouragement on their blog.
You can visit their blog here:
http://www.hslda.org/highschool/blog.asp. New entries are posted
regularly and the archives contain all past posts. Examples of
entries include: contest offerings,
new high school courses and curriculum, info on college financial aid
and college entrance tests, tips on evaluating high school course
credit, and much more. Check out the blog and perhaps find
interesting tidbits to share in your local newsletters.


A FINAL WORD: HSLDA President Mike Smith on Why We Won in California

In the last e-zine, I wrote about HSLDA's 20th Annual National
Conference for state leaders. During this last conference, we
reminisced about some of our more interesting situations and cases,
especially the victory for homeschoolers in California last August
when the 2nd Appellate District Court ruled that homeschooling is
legal via the private school exemption, reversing its earlier opinion.

I want to share with you a key event that took place in 1998 that was
the main reason we won. This explanation involves patting on the back
Family Protection Ministries, an organization in California that does
not get enough credit for what they do. Roy Hanson, Jim Davis, and
Nathan Pierce, co-laborers at FPM, are among California's greatest
homeschool heroes.

In 1998, a bill was introduced in the California that would have
required all employees of private schools to submit fingerprints to
the school prior to employment for a Department of Justice background
check. Roy and Jim, who still work full-time to stay on top of
legislation that might effect homeschool freedoms, saw this bill as an
opportunity to not only exempt homeschoolers from the fingerprint
requirements, but also place into law the tacit acceptance by the
legislature for homeschoolers to legally teach their children at home
under the private school exception to public school attendance.

The authors of the bill were receptive, and HSLDA and FPM worked
together to come up with the following language which passed out of
the legislature that year: "... a parent or guardian working
exclusively with his or her own child" is exempt from the fingerprint
requirement. This was great as it made it clear that homeschooling
parents who had established private schools were exempt from having to
be fingerprinted.

But the rest of the story is more significant. When the Appellate
Court reversed itself on August 8, 2008, it used Roy and Jim's 1998
amendment as its primary reason. The Court found that the legislature
knew that homeschoolers were operating as private schools and had
sanctioned the method by passing the 1998 fingerprinting bill. God
was preparing this victory 10 years ago and used homeschooling
servants Roy Hanson and Jim Davis to do it.

Some in California believe the battle is now over, but the court's
opinion mentions that the law does not provide good oversight of
homeschoolers, so the legislature might want to look into the law and
how it operates. This is reason to be even more vigilant in
monitoring what the legislature is doing in California. This does not
just apply to California, as we must remain vigilant in every state in
maintaining the precious freedom we have to homeschool.

You leaders play an important role in this fight. You can support the
lobbying efforts in your state with manpower and financial support.
If you don't know who is monitoring the legislation in your state, I
encourage you to find out and think about what role you can play in
supporting those efforts.

Thanks for your support of HSLDA. Because of your support, we are
able to provide legal protection to thousands of families 24/7, 365
days a year. When we represent a member family, we are in essence
representing every homeschooler in your state, preserving and
advancing homeschool freedom. Keep up the fight and do not weary in
your well-doing.

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-> How many news articles did you read this morning over your
oatmeal?

We live in a world where concise information presented at the
right time can make a big difference in the outcome of important
legislative efforts. Yet it's tough to keep up with all the
issues that affect you. HSLDA does this for you in the areas that
affect your homeschool. Our emails and website enable you to
take quick, decisive action. Please consider becoming a part of
this team.

More reasons to join HSLDA...
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=1923

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