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7/21/2009 4:26:00 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
HSLDA's Weekly Update--Calls Needed to Congress about Healthcare Bill

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For us, good customer service is both an art and a science
-it should appeal to our members and be effective. Consider what
our members say about us:

We're thankful for the support HSLDA membership provides us. We'd
never homeschool without them. We highly recommend HSLDA to all
homeschoolers. - North Tonawanda, NY

I cannot imagine our homeschool journey without HSLDA's strong
leadership, protection, and guidance. God bless HSLDA!
- Alta Loma, California

More reasons to join HSLDA...
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=1940

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Legislative Update

If you live in Illinois, Michigan, New Jersey or Wisconsin, 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 July 21, 2009:

1. Calls Needed to Congress about National Healthcare Bill
2. Sign Petition to Oppose Restrictive Homeschool Legislation
3. Washington Times Op-ed--Multiplying Time Spent with Kids
4. Mom's Listing on Abuse Registry "A Mistake"
5. Official Plans to Scrutinize Homeschools
6. ParentalRights.org to Blitz Congress
7. Patrick Henry College Keeps Making the News
8. Poetry Contest Winners Announced
9. Photo Contest Deadline Approaching
10. Time Running Out for Christmas Card Design Entries
11. "Home School Heartbeat": The Social Benefits of Homeschooling
12. Generation Joshua: Latest Newsletter now Online
13. Next week on HSLDA @home e-vents

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1. Calls Needed to Congress about National Healthcare Bill

Urgent calls are needed to the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S.
Senate to oppose H.R. 3200, "America's Affordable Health Choices Act
of 2009." Although this bill does not directly impact homeschool
freedoms, it would significantly impact parental rights and early
childhood education.

Read more and take action:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=6776


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2. Sweden: Sign Petition to Oppose Restrictive Homeschool Legislation

On June 15, 2009, the Swedish government released its draft for a new
school law, which, if passed, would impose severe restrictions on
parents wishing to homeschool their children.

Read more and take action:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=6777


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3. Washington Times Op-ed--Multiplying Time Spent with Kids

Even though most parents and children are on summer break, it's
inevitable that parents begin thinking about the next school year.
Many are eagerly anticipating the time when they can "send the kids
back to school," but others are considering whether there might be a
better way to educate their children.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=6778


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4. Wyoming: Mom's Listing on Abuse Registry "A Mistake"

A mom first found out that she was under investigation for educational
neglect when she received a letter from state officials stating that
they'd already investigated and found her guilty.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=6779


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5. Kentucky: Official Plans to Scrutinize Homeschools

The new pupil personnel director of Marshall County has announced she
plans to conduct home visits and "check in" on homeschoolers.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=6780


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6. ParentalRights.org to Blitz Congress

Please call this week and ask your U.S. senators and U.S.
representative to support the Parental Rights Amendment. Support is
growing for the amendment, and we now have 107 co-sponsors in the
House of Representatives, but we need your help to gain more
co-sponsors as we continue to take our case to lawmakers on Capitol
Hill.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=6793


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7. Patrick Henry College Keeps Making the News

Patrick Henry College is in the news again, this time in Collegebound
Network, a prominent national college search registry and online
student resource guide. The article names PHC, along with Liberty
University and Wheaton College, as one of several Christian colleges
"making headlines" for their positive impact.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=6781


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8. Poetry Contest Winners Announced

The results of the 2009 Poetry Contest are in! Students were asked to
compose a Sestina poem responding to one of three quotes by famous
authors. More than 200 poems were submitted in all three categories.

Read winning poems:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=6782


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9. Photo Contest Deadline Approaching

Students have until August 1 to submit entries for the HSLDA 2009
photo contest. Photos must illustrate one of three themes. As always,
cash prizes will be awarded and winning entries will be posted on the
HSLDA website.

For contest guidelines and entry form:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=6783


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10. Time Running Out for Christmas Card Design Entries

Every year the Home School Foundation sends Christmas cards to widows
and single parents who have received assistance from the Foundation.
We're asking homeschoolers to design the artwork for the cards
(drawings or photography are allowed). This contest is for homeschool
students OR teachers 15 years old and up. Submissions must be emailed
to contest@hslda.org by August 1, 2009.

For complete guidelines and themes:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=6784


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11. "Home School Heartbeat": The Social Benefits of Homeschooling

Socialization starts in the home. That's the subject of Rachel
Gathercole's book, "The Well-Adjusted Child: The Social Benefits of
Homeschooling," which she discusses this week with program host Mike
Smith.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=6785


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12. Generation Joshua: Latest Newsletter now Online

This week, Generation Joshua is pleased to announce the release of the
summer issue of Liberty's Call, packed with informative articles and
news about GenJ. Inside you will find articles on current events, a
peek at this summer's iGovern camps along with a review of last
summer's camp, and much more.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=6786


HOMESCHOOLING IN THE NEWS
Outside news items on home education
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July 21: The Sydney Morning Herald, Sydney, Australia
For Many, Benefits Flow in Schooling at Home
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=6787

July 21: El Paso Times, El Paso, Texas
Mayor's 100 Teens: Mathew Moore
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=6788

July 21: TheTownTalk.com, Alexandria, Louisiana
Homeschooling Rises: Alexandrians Cite Family Bonds, Religion
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=6789

July 20: Associated Press
Soldier's Idaho Town Kept Mum on Taliban Capture
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=6790

July 16: Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles, California
Homeschooled Teen Sails Home after 13-month Around-the-World Voyage
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=6791

July 14: The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Virginia
State Council Approves Plan for Homeschool Grads to Get Student Aid
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=6792

> Links do not imply endorsement.


13. Next week on HSLDA @home e-vents
Join us next week for Part II of Dr. Steven Duvall's Parents as
Reading Tutors (PART) teaching method, and explore the finer details
of your new reading plan. On Monday, July 27, at 9:00 p.m. (ET),
you'll learn (1) how to use a specific error-correction procedure, (2)
how to monitor real reading gains, (3) what reading patterns to expect
when tutoring, (4) what adjustments to make when reading progress is
slow to develop, and (5) how to recognize when tutoring is no longer
necessary.
Then, on Tuesday, July 28, at 2:00 p.m. (ET), HSLDA Attorney Scott
Woodruff addresses homeschool legalities in the state of Maine. Become
equipped to successfully navigate state-specific policies and statutes
as Scott clarifies considerations for homeschoolers. Following the
lecture, Scott will tackle your personal questions regarding home
education in Maine in a Q&A session.

Don't miss this week's helpful and encouraging @home e-vents--these
webinars are sure to inform, equip, and inspire you in your homeschool
adventure!

Space is limited for all e-vents, so register today! For more
information, or to register, go to http://www.hslda.org/athome.



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