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1/12/2010 4:15:52 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
HSLDA's Weekly Update--Parents Arrested for Failing to Register Homeschool

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Legislative Update

If you live in Illinois, Michigan, New Hampshire or New Jersey, click
on the link below to learn about legislation that could affect your
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http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=6116

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Topics for January 12, 2010:

1. Parents Arrested for Failing to Register Homeschool
2. Compulsory School Attendance Age Expanded
3. "Now That We are Aware of Your Children's Status..."
4. The Harms of Homeschooling? Where Are the Premises?
5. Foundation Blesses Widows and Single Parents for Christmas
6. Call for Contrario Sensu Submissions
7. Call for Parent to Parent Submissions
8. Student Art Contest Accepting Entries
9. "Home School Heartbeat": Driver's Education at Home
10. Next week on HSLDA's @home e-vents...

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1. New York: Parents Arrested for Failing to Register Homeschool

Richard and Margie Cressy, homeschool parents of four, were recently
arrested for failing to report to local school district officials.
HSLDA has agreed to take their case.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=7475

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2. Michigan: Compulsory School Attendance Age Expanded

On January 4, 2010, Governor Jennifer Granholm signed into law House
Bill 4787 which raises the Michigan compulsory school attendance age
from 16 to 18.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=7476


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3. New Jersey: "Now that we are aware of your children's status..."

When a public school superintendent requested a meeting with a member
family to discuss their curriculum, we pointed out that the request
ran counter to state law.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=7477

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4. The Harms of Homeschooling? Where Are the Premises?

Brian Ray of the National Home Education Research Institute draws on a
variety of studies to refute recent criticisms of homeschooling by
Georgetown Law professor Robin West.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=7478

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5. Foundation Blesses Widows and Single Parents for Christmas

Every year around Christmas, the Home School Foundation sends gifts to
the homeschooling widows and single parents we have helped over the
past year to aid them in providing a joyful holiday for their
families.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=7479

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6. "Court Report": Call for Contrario Sensu Submissions

Do you enjoy telling stories about your children or homeschool? We are
looking for humorous, warm anecdotes and true stories illustrating
that homeschooling is the best educational alternative around.
Submissions should be 150 words or less. All material printed in the
"Court Report" will be credited, and the contributor will receive a
$10 coupon good toward any HSLDA publication of his choice.
Submissions may be edited for space. Please be aware that we cannot
return photographs.

Mail submissions to:

Attn: Stories, HSLDA
P.O. Box 3000
Purcellville, VA 20134

Or email us (include "Stories" in the subject line) at
ComDept@hslda.org .

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7. "Court Report": Call for Parent to Parent Submissions

Have you ever had an inspiring thought, an ingenious shortcut, or an
"Aha! moment" that you wished you could share with other
homeschoolers? Well, now you can! The Parent to Parent column in the
"Court Report" provides opportunities for homeschooling parents to
relay teaching tips, encouragement and advice. The March/April Parent
to Parent topic is "Keep Going!" After months of homeschooling and the
kids antsy with spring fever, some of us could use encouragement to
continue teaching with our original momentum. Tell us how you "hang in
there." Submissions should be 150 words or less and may be edited for
space.

Send us your submission by January 29, 2010. Mail to:

HSLDA
Attn: Parent to Parent
P.O. Box 3000
Purcellville, VA 20134

Or email us (include "Parent to Parent" in the subject line) at
ComDept@hslda.org .

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8. Student Art Contest Accepting Entries

Students have until February 1 to submit entries for HSLDA's 2010 art
contest. Visit our contest webpage for guidelines and a list of cash
prizes. Proceeds benefit the Home School Foundation's Special Needs
Children's Fund.

Read more and download an entry form:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=7154

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9. "Home School Heartbeat": Driver's Education at Home

Is your teen aching to take on the open road? If so, it's time to
explore driver's education programs. As this week's driver's education
experts will explain, state driver's education isn't the only option.
Due to advances in legislation and curriculum, you can teach your teen
to drive, protecting his safety, his future, and your pocketbook.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=7480


HOMESCHOOLING IN THE NEWS
Outside news items on home education
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January 11: WorldNetDaily.com
Democrat Assault on Homeschoolers Looming
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=7481

January 10: Orlando Sentinel, Orlando, Florida
Homeschooling Soars in Central Florida
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=7482

January 8: Times Union, Albany, New York
Homeschooling Parents Fighting Back
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=7483

January 8: The Independent, London, United Kingdom
Homeschooled Math Prodigy Eyes Cambridge
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=7484

January 7: LifeSiteNews.com
New York Couple Arrested for Failure to Register Homeschoolers
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=7485

January 7: UpstateToday.com, Seneca, South Carolina
Homeschooling, a Family in a Class of its Own
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=7486

January 7: WorldNetDaily.com
State Toys with Mandatory Tests for Homeschoolers
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=7487

January 7: CBN.com
New Hampshire Restrictions on Homeschooling Up for Vote
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=7488

> Links do not imply endorsement.

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10. Next week on HSLDA's @home e-vents...

Do you have a teenager about to reach the legal age to drive? Has the
vast array of options for driver's education brought you to a
standstill? Don't let your confusion turn into frustration! You've
taught them everything else; now teach them how to be safe on the
road!

Come and hear Wayne Tully, founder and CEO of National Driver
Training, on Tuesday, January 19, at 9:00 p.m. (ET) for part one of a
two part series detailing what parents need to know to help their
children stay safe and drive well.

Don't miss this opportunity to hear Wayne explain why parental
involvement is crucial to producing safe drivers and how it can
enhance the standards of driver's education coursework. Join us as he
also explains how to pick a good program that will help you help your
child succeed.

And watch for the second part of the series, coming Tuesday, February
2, when Wayne will explain how to approach the modules and understand
the standards of a training program.

There is still space for you to join this e-vent--sign up now to
reserve your "seat"! To register, go to
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=7489 .



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