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1/24/2012 4:58:36 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
HSLDA Weekly: Life Sentence for Spanking?

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Legislative Update

If you live in Alabama, Hawaii, New Hampshire, New York or Washington,
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 24, 2012:

1. Life Sentence for Spanking?
2. Truancy Difficulties--One Family's Ongoing Saga
3. Truant Officer Sends 5-Page Questionnaire
4. A Homeschool Study May Appear in Your Mailbox
5. Public School Officials Require Prior Approval to Homeschool
6. Family Challenged
7. ParentalRights.Org Takes Action in State Legislatures
8. New Military Fund
9. Why Join Generation Joshua? Watch Our New Video!
10. Student Artists: Final Days to Enter Contest
11. Admissions Deadline at Patrick Henry College
12. Short Story Contest Deadline Looms
13. "Home School Heartbeat": Engineering for Inquisitive Minds
14. Next week on HSLDA's @home e-vents...

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1. Mississippi: Life Sentence for Spanking?

Home School Legal Defense Association will continue to monitor a state
Senate bill that could impose harsh penalties for parents who spank
their children.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=13481


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2. Nebraska: Truancy Difficulties--One Family's Ongoing Saga

A judge's ruling reflected the confusing nature of state law when he
recognized a homeschool family's exceptional academics but still found
them guilty of truancy. HSLDA plans to appeal.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=13507


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3. Kansas: Truant Officer Sends 5-Page Questionnaire

A local truant officer harried a member family with five pages of
questions supposedly meant to determine whether they were legally
homeschooling. HSLDA assured the official the family was complying
with the law; that closed the matter.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=13482


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4. A Homeschool Study May Appear in your Mailbox

The federal Department of Education is conducting a national survey
that includes a homeschooling component. Though individuals are not
obliged to respond, similar past surveys have provided useful
information about the growth of homeschooling.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=13483


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5. California: Public School Officials Require Prior Approval to
Homeschool

A mistaken attempt by public school officials to issue homeschool
"approval" illustrates the need for continued advocacy on behalf of
parental liberty.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=13484


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6. Puerto Rico: Family Challenged

HSLDA helped a Puerto Rico family after they were told they needed
written permission to homeschool. In fact, homeschools in Puerto Rico
are not subject to public school oversight.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=13485


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7. ParentalRights.Org Takes Action in State Legislatures

They're working to secure the Parental Rights Amendment to the U.S.
Constitution; they're also busy at work in various states. They're
working alongside HSLDA to promote or oppose certain parental rights
bills and to promote the amendment via resolution in several other
states.

Read more about it:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=13510


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8. New Military Fund

The Home School Foundation is requesting donations to kick-start their
new Military Fund. This fund helps military homeschool families
purchase essential curriculum. Families where one or both parents are
active, disabled or retired from a branch of the military are
encouraged to mark their calendars for June, when HSF plans to
disperse funds. If you are interested in helping struggling military
families, please visit our donate page:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=13486

To learn more about the fund:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=13487


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From now until February 12, join GenJ with a two-year Family
Membership for only $50! That's your entire family, each with his or
her own membership, with the ability to participate in GenJ's many
programs. The mission of GenJ is to train young people to lead America
into the future. What does it look like to pass on the torch to the
next generation? Watch GenJ's newest video.
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=13488

Join GenJ Today!
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=13489


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10. Student Artists: Final Days to Enter Contest

Do you love to express yourself through visual art? We have a contest
just for you! The HSLDA art contest is going on right now. You will
need to hurry, but it's not too late to enter! We will accept entries
postmarked no later than February 1, 2012.
Contest details:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=13490

For HSLDA store art resources:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=13491


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11. Admissions Deadline at Patrick Henry College

February 1 is PHC's regular admissions and scholarship deadline. All
applications postmarked by this deadline will pay a lower application
fee, and will be considered for more financial aid opportunities than
students who wait. We anticipate very limited space on campus this
year and encourage interested students to not wait until the last
minute, as campus housing is filled on a first-come-first-served
basis. For more information, go to our Admissions Application page.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=13492


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12. Short Story Contest Deadline Looms

Take up your pens and prepare to write! Patrick Henry College is
pleased to announce its fourth annual short story competition, A Call
to Pens. Students ages 12-18 are invited to participate. For more
information, view the contest announcement and guidelines on our
website. Deadline is February 1.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=13493


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13. "Home School Heartbeat": Engineering for Inquisitive Minds

Helping your child explore his interest in engineering doesn't have to
be difficult. Homeschooling dad Steve Wells shares tips and
encouragement from experience as a former engineering professor and
current Navy engineer. Give your student a better understanding of
this fascinating science--and have fun while you're at it!

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=13494


HOMESCHOOLING IN THE NEWS
Outside news items on home education
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January 23: The Expositor, Sparta, Tennessee
Homeschool Students May be Eligible to Play Sports
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=13495

January 22: Salisbury Post, Salisbury, North Carolina
Is Public, Private, Charter or Homeschool Best for Your Student?
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=13496

January 22: The Pilot, Southern Pines, North Carolina
Homeschool Team Competes in Tournament
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=13497

January 22: Associated Press
"Tebow Law" for Homeschool Sports Finds Support
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=13498

January 19: The Reporter-News, Abilene, Texas
Under the Radar: Abilene Hawks Homeschool Teams Succeeding in
Obscurity
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=13499

January 19: The New American
Homeschool Families in Sweden Brace for New Government Assault
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=13500

January 18: The Independent, Johannesburg, South Africa
When School is at Home
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=13501

> Links do not imply endorsement.


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14. Currently Featured on HSLDA's @home e-vents...

Upcoming Live E-vents:

FAQ about Michigan Homeschool Law--HSLDA Senior Council Dewitt (Dee)
Black
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=13502

Featured On-Demand E-vents:

Hollywood, Meet the New Christian Film Movement, Part 1: Knowing What
to Say--George Escobar
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=13503

Homeschooling in the Field--Kurt Dahlin
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=13504

Beyond Academics: Excellence in the Extracurriculars--@home E-vent
Package
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=13505

If you have any questions, please visit
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=13506 or contact the @home e-vent
team by emailing athome@hslda.org.



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