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5/12/2009 4:29:00 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
HSLDA's Weekly Update--Is Congress Moving Toward Nationalized Education?

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-> Can you look at the clouds and tell the direction of the wind?

An interesting phenomenon of wind is that it can blow in multiple
directions at the same time, at different heights from the ground.
But usually there is a prevailing wind. HSLDA watches the gusts
and monitors the prevailing trends of change in the legal climate
of home education. So no matter which way the wind is blowing,
we're there to protect your family.

More reasons to join HSLDA...
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=1938

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Legislative Update

If you live in Alabama, Alaska, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan,
Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Dakota or Texas,
click on the link below to learn about legislation that could affect
your freedom to homeschool.

http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=6116

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Topics for May 12, 2009:

1. Is Congress Moving Toward Nationalized Education?
2. Parental Rights Amendment to Protect Gun Owners' Rights
3. Legislature Improves Homeschool Law
4. Homeschool Bill Introduced
5. 2009 Legislative Summary
6. Homeschoolers Included in Student Honors Program
7. Law Expands Homeschoolers Access to Public School Services
8. Special SAT/ACT Prep Offer!
9. Poetry Contest Now Accepting Entries
10. Next Week on HSLDA @home e-vents
11. Last Chance to Sign up for Bible Bee
12. 'Home School Heartbeat': Year-end Homeschool Review
13. GenJ: Summer Camp Filling Up Quickly

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1. Is Congress Moving Toward Nationalized Education?

A recent congressional hearing on education could foreshadow a serious
threat to the freedom of homeschoolers nationwide and America's
constitutional tradition of limited government.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=6521


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2. Parental Rights Amendment to Protect Gun Owners' Rights

ParentalRights.org has released a carefully considered legal analysis
of the impact the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child will have
on Americans' Second Amendment Rights.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=6536


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3. North Dakota: Legislature Improves Homeschool Law

Concerted effort by state homeschoolers resulted in significant
improvement in North Dakota's home education law.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=6522


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4. Pennsylvania: Homeschool Bill Introduced

Early in April, several representatives introduced legislation that
would significantly improve the homeschool law of Pennsylvania.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=6523


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5. Mississippi: 2009 Legislative Summary

As usual, Mississippi dealt with a good number of bills affecting
homeschool families during its 2009 legislative session.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=6524


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6. Georgia: Homeschoolers Included in Student Honors Program

Students enrolled in home study programs in Georgia are now eligible
to participate in the student honors program.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=6525


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7. New Mexico: Law Expands Homeschoolers Access to Public School
Services

The New Mexico legislature introduced and passed a bill that amends
the current public school equal access statute.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=6526


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is excited to offer SAT and ACT Preparation DVD/CD-ROM packages that
retail for $199.95. You pay just $13.84--the cost of shipping and
handling!

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=6527


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9. Poetry Contest Now Accepting Entries

HSLDA's 2009 student poetry contest is accepting entries through June
1. There are three categories divided by age, each with its own theme.
Entries must follow a specific form. As in the past, winners will be
awarded cash prizes and will have their poems published on HSLDA's
website.

For contest guidelines and entry form:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=6444


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10. Next Week on HSLDA @home e-vents

On Monday, May 18, David Quine shares a three-stage plan for giving
clarity and meaning to your math instruction, regardless of textbook
or grade level. Join us Thursday, May 21, for Part II of HSLDA Special
Needs Coordinator Dianne Craft's e-vent on effective teaching
strategies for the right-brained child. Also, in a special
members-only session on Wednesday, May 20, HSLDA Senior Counsel Dewitt
Black discusses homeschooling in Pennsylvania. Come and join us as we
continue to bring you exciting and informative homeschooling help
right in the comfort of your home. Space is limited for these e-vents,
so register soon!

For details and to register:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=6528


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11. Last Chance to Sign up for Bible Bee

Due to the overwhelming nationwide response to the 2009 National Bible
Bee, the deadline for enrolling in this year's inaugural competition
has been extended to May 15, 2009. Bible Bee Headquarters reports that
14,000 contestants have already enrolled and that hundreds of
contestants are signing up each day!

Sign up for a Bible Bee near you:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=6479


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12. 'Home School Heartbeat': Year-end Homeschool Review

Are you making the most of the flexibility of your homeschool program?
Do your children love what they're learning? How do you find out?
Homeschooling mom Chris Tigges joins Mike Smith this week to share
what she and her husband learned about their family by having a
year-end review with their children.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=6529


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13. GenJ: Summer Camp Filling Up Quickly

Interested in attending this summer's iGovern East camp? Now is the
time to sign up! Currently, the camp is over half filled, and we do
expect the camp to be completely filled long before the July 1
deadline to register. If you're interested in hearing more about our
exciting plans for summer camp, our inspiring speakers, or our tour of
the U.S. Capitol, check out the website for more details!

To learn more and to register:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=6516


HOMESCHOOLING IN THE NEWS
Outside news items on home education
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May 11: The Democrat, Tallahassee, Florida
Tallahassee Mother of Eight's Work is Never Done
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=6531

May 10: Minot Daily News, Minot, North Dakota
Families Pleased With Eased Homeschooling Requirements
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=6532

May 9: The New Zealand Herald, Auckland, New Zealand
Auckland Homeschoolers Shine in Robot Competition
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=6533

May 7: ESPN
Homeschooled Pitcher Winning With Both Arms
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=6534

> Links do not imply endorsement.



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