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1/26/2010 6:41:41 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
HSLDA's Weekly Update--Homeschooling Family Granted Political Asylum

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Legislative Update

If you live in Illinois, Michigan, New Hampshire or Wyoming, 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 January 26, 2010:

1. Homeschooling Family Granted Political Asylum
2. Health Care Momentum Slowing
3. Thanks from Family with Special Needs Child
4. New Jersey: College Threatens Photographer's Dream
5. Last Chance for Student Art Contest Entries
6. State High School Resources
7. "Home School Heartbeat": Earn AP Credit with PHC Prep Academy
8. Next week on HSLDA's @home e-vents...

---[ 20-50% Off at Vision Forum's January Clearance Ends Soon! ]------

Hurry--Vision Forum's January Clearance Sale is almost over! Save at
least 20%-50% off everything we sell, including home-school materials,
character-building tools for boys, heirloom items for girls, and
books, movies, toys and more for the entire family. This offer is good
only while supplies last, so place your order soon!

http://www.hslda.org/alink.asp?ID=202

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1. Homeschooling Family Granted Political Asylum

In a case with international ramifications, U.S. Immigration Judge
Lawrence O. Burman granted the political asylum application of a
German homeschooling family.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=7575


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2. Health Care Momentum Slowing

Conflict caused by competing bills, along with the surprise election
of a Republican senator in Massachusetts, has slowed federal health
care legislation to a near halt.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=7559


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3. Thanks from Family with Special Needs Child

The Home School Foundation's Special Needs Children's Fund enables
financially struggling homeschool families to provide a quality
education for their children with special learning needs. We recently
heard from a grateful family we helped through this fund.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=7560


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4. New Jersey: College Threatens Photographer's Dream

HSLDA explained federal law to college officials in order to help a
homeschool graduate avoid having to take an unnecessary entrance exam.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=7561


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5. Last Chance for Student Art Contest 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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6. State High School Resources

Activities, classes, and events for high schoolers are coordinated
primarily at the local level; however, group activities such as sports
and debate for teens may be offered by your state homeschool
organization.

Find your state homeschool organization's website:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=7562

View state resources on HSLDA's Homeschooling Thru High School
webpages: http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=7563


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7. "Home School Heartbeat": Earn AP Credit with PHC Prep Academy

If you're considering AP course options for your high school student,
Patrick Henry College Prep Academy offers options you may not know
about! This week on the program, Mike Farris and professor Frank
Guliuzza join Mike Smith to discuss the distinctives of this new AP
prep option for homeschoolers.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=7564


HOMESCHOOLING IN THE NEWS
Outside news items on home education
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January 25: Standard-Times, San Angelo, Texas
Kappelmann Tapped for All-State Orchestra
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=7574

January 24: KLEW-TV Channel 3, Lewiston, Idaho
A Young Voice of Democracy
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=7565

January 23: Orlando Sentinel, Orlando, Florida
Bad Economy May be Fueling Homeschooling Trend
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=7566

January 23: People
Proud Dad Talks About Teen Son Who Climbed Seven Summits
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=7567

January 23: The Tennessean, Nashville, Tennessee
Trevecca Star's Success Began at Home
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=7568

January 22: NewsoftheNorth.net, Eagle River, Wisconsin
Eagle River Brothers to Compete in National Piano Duet Finals
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=7569

January 21: The Oregonian, Portland, Oregon
North Medford's Drew Jordan Chosen Gatorade Oregon Runner of Year
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=7570

January 21: College Online, Pittsburg, Kansas
Eleven-year-old Enrolls at Pittsburg State University
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=7571

January 19: Siuslaw News, Florence, Oregon
Mapleton Teen Enters Commissioner Race
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=7572

> Links do not imply endorsement.


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

Teaching your teenager to drive can be a challenge for both parent and
child! Understanding the basic features and standards for a driver's
training program can help make the learning experience less stressful
for you and your driver-in-training.

Join Steve Williams on Tuesday, February 2 at 9:00 pm (ET) as he
presents Part II of "Driver's Education," a step-by-step process for
teaching the principles of safe driving. Not only will he explain
changes in driver's education over the last 20 years, but he'll also
share tips for staying calm and in control while instructing your
child behind the wheel--with or without the option of a second brake.

If you missed Part I of "Driver's Education--Getting Behind the
Wheel," don't worry! You can access the archived e-vent through our
website any time your schedule allows. Go to
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=7573 , and search for this e-vent
under the blue "Archives" tab.

Do your students know the difference between a "report" and an
"essay"? If not, join experienced teacher Lesha Myers on Wednesday,
February 3 at 9:00 pm (ET) to learn how you can help your budding
writers develop their communication skills.

Lesha presents several different essay models you can use to help your
student move from simply reporting facts to the sophisticated skill of
evaluating facts to support an opinion in an essay.

As you learn how to weave together captivating introductions,
compelling arguments and convincing conclusions, you can feel
confident in training your students to be excellent essay writers.

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=7573 .

If you have any questions, please contact the @home e-vent coordinator
at webinars@hslda.org.



FEATURED HSLDA PerX - Online College Network
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Can colleges find your homeschooler? HSLDA and HSF Friends of Home
Schooling has joined with www.OnlineCollegeNetwork.com to offer free
help. Online College Network (OCN) was created to help college-bound
students gain exposure based on their performance.

For more information visit:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=1568



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