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6/22/2010 4:21:34 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
HSLDA's Weekly Update--Congress Attempts to Muzzle Free Speech

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something to be said for attention to detail and recognition of
accomplishments. Watch the media and you'll soon see that not
everyone wants home educators and homeschooling to look good.
HSLDA works hard to shed light on the good work of home educators
so it's obvious that we don't need someone "making-over" our
homeschools. Join HSLDA and help us show the world that we're fine
as we are . . . thank you!

More reasons to join HSLDA...
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=1943

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Legislative Update

If you live in Illinois, Louisiana, Michigan, New Hampshire, Ohio, New
York, or South Carolina, 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 June 22, 2010:

1. Another Congressional Attempt to Muzzle Free Speech
2. How Social Workers Will Investigate You Now
3. Get GED or Get Fired
4. New HSLDA Toolbar: Stay in Touch, Support Homeschooling
5. Lemons in Orange
6. Compete in Science and Engineering Festival
7. HSLDA Co-hosts ESEA Briefing
8. Video Contest Deadline Approaching Fast
9. Attend Council for Statesmanship West
10. Bible Bee: Host and Contestant Registration Continue
11. "Home School Heartbeat": Romance for the Busy Homeschool Mom
12. Next week on HSLDA's @home e-vents...

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1. Another Congressional Attempt to Muzzle Free Speech

Home School Legal Defense Association urges its members to contact
their U.S. representatives and ask them to vote against the DISCLOSE
Act, which could have a chilling effect on political speech.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=8539


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2. Idaho: How Social Workers Will Investigate You Now

A new Department of Health and Welfare checklist tells social workers
how they should investigate homeschool families accused of educational
neglect.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=8540


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3. Illinois: Get GED or Get Fired

HSLDA provided guidance to a member family whose daughter--a
homeschool graduate--was told to obtain a GED or risk losing her
library job.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=8541


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4. New HSLDA Toolbar: Stay in Touch, Support Homeschooling

We've set up a toolbar that works in Internet browsers and gives you
quick links to HSLDA, our Clicks 4 Homeschooling program,
Homeschooling news, PerX benefits, our Facebook page, and other
important links. If you use the toolbar to search, you'll help raise
funds to support the cause of homeschooling.

To install the toolbar (Windows only):
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=8542


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5. Virginia: Lemons in Orange

After HSLDA intervened, public school officials in Orange County who
demanded a homeschool family submit a remediation plan quickly
acknowledged their error. An apology, however, was not forthcoming.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=8543


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6. Compete in Science and Engineering Festival

Homeschoolers are invited to participate--and compete--in the first
USA Science & Engineering festival to be held in Washington, D.C. this
October.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=8544


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7. Federal Relations: HSLDA Co-hosts ESEA Briefing

HSLDA recently urged members of Congress to retain protections for
private schools and homeschools as they prepare to reauthorize the
Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=8545


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8. Video Contest Deadline Approaching Fast

HSLDA's newest student contest--aimed at inspiring students to learn
and develop the skills of video creation and production--is nearing
the deadline for entries. Submissions must be received by July 1.

For guidelines and entry form:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=8546


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9. PHC: Attend Council for Statesmanship West

Please join us at the inspirational Ronald Reagan Presidential Library
in Simi Valley, California, October 28, 2010, to learn more about the
exciting vision of Patrick Henry College. Guests will hear from PHC
Founder Dr. Michael Farris and President Dr. Graham Walker, and will
enjoy a special reception and tour of the historic Reagan Library
Museum.

For details:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=8547


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10. Bible Bee: Host and Contestant Registration Continue

National Bible Bee contestant enrollment continues through June 30.
There are plenty of exciting changes for 2010, including Bible Bee
"Family Boxes" which contain Bibles, age-appropriate study materials,
Bible memorization cards, Parent Guidebooks, and much
more...everything needed to prepare for this Bible knowledge and
memorization competition, all covered by an economical $25 enrollment
fee per child.

Learn more and register:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=8548


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11. "Home School Heartbeat": Romance for the Busy Homeschool Mom

This week on the program, Heidi St. John joins Mike Smith to talk
about recovering That Girl--the girl your husband married. She reminds
busy moms that your marriage is more important than curriculum,
cleaning, or cooking, and offers encouragement to draw you close to
your husband again.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=8549


HOMESCHOOLING IN THE NEWS
Outside news items on home education
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June 21: KUSA-TV Channel 9, Denver, Colorado
Homeschool Families Grow in Colorado
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=8550

June 17: Times-Picayune, New Orleans, Louisiana
House Approves Bill Giving Homeschool Diplomas New Legal Standing
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=8551

June 16: Hunterdon County Democrat, Flemington, New Jersey
Clinton Twp. Youth will Attend Coast Guard Academy
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=8552

> Links do not imply endorsement.

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

Are the words dating and courtship hot topics of discussion at your
household? How can you help your child navigate the journey to finding
a great spouse? Just because courtship has been around for hundreds of
years, does that make it relevant in today's society? Bring the young
adults in your household and join HSLDA attorney Thomas J. (Tj)
Schmidt and his wife Susan in an e-vent on Thursday, July 1, @ 9:00
p.m. (ET) to hear their personal courtship story. Learn about their
view of courtship as a relationship between two individuals who focus
on marriage as a very real possibility. In "Romance, Dating, and
Courtship: Real Life Insights" the Schmidts explain how courtship is
often misunderstood and share why courtship is a practical means of
laying the foundation for a thriving lifelong relationship.

"Their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor!" As the Fourth
of July approaches, it's the perfect time to educate your family with
some of our exciting archives. America's Founding Fathers were willing
to sacrifice everything to establish "one nation under God" for
following generations. Learn how to teach your children about the
principles that made America great and how they can change history
today in "God Given Destiny--Changing the World in Your Spare Time,"
"Rekindling our Founder's Vision," or "Teaching History from a
Biblical Worldview."

There's something new in the air! Our @home e-vents team has recently
made changes to our website in order to simplify your experience.
Check out our new streamlined registration process, designed to save
you time. Our one-time account setup stores your login information for
future e-vents, and now when you purchase a live e-vent, you
automatically receive a copy of the archive of that e-vent. In
addition, the access period for all of our archives has increased to
30 days following your registration. And this is only the beginning.
In the future, we will feature an expanded website with new options
and information, but we're not ready to unveil those exciting changes
yet. Curious? Keep an eye on your email and explore our newest
features now!

Don't miss these exciting e-vents! Sign up now to reserve your "seat"!
To register, go to http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=8553 .

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



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students gain exposure based on their performance.

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



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