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1/31/2012 5:03:12 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
HSLDA Weekly--Pres. Obama's Attack on Educational Freedom--Update

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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 31, 2012:

1. Pres. Obama's Attack on Educational Freedom--Update
2. "Let Me in or I'll Huff and I'll Puff and ... I'll Take Your Kids!"
3. "Are Homeschoolers Out of Their Minds?"
4. School Board Grants Equal Access to Homeschoolers
5. Opportunity to Nominate Young Leaders
6. GenJ Membership Discount Disappearing Fast
7. Final Day for Contest Entries, College Admissions
8. Call for Parent to Parent Submissions
9. Calls Urged to Oppose CRC Resurgence
10. "Home School Heartbeat": Making Your Family Media Savvy
11. Currently Featured on HSLDA's @home e-vents...

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1. Pres. Obama's Attack on Educational Freedom--Update

The White House has yet to respond to thousands of homeschoolers who
oppose President Obama's recent attack on educational freedom. We urge
Home School Legal Defense Association members and friends to continue
to press for a reply.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=13572


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2. "Let Me in or I'll Huff and I'll Puff and ... I'll Take Your Kids!"

HSLDA is asking the Supreme Court to review a case in which social
workers gained access to a family's home by threatening to take their
children.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=13573


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3. "Are Homeschoolers Out of Their Minds?"

A writer for a major news magazine begins to wonder: Maybe those
wacky, evangelical, off-the-gridders are onto something.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=13574


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4. Ohio: School Board Grants Equal Access to Homeschoolers

Responding to the requests of several local families, a school board
voted to allow homeschoolers to participate in their district's
extracurricular activities.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=13575


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5. Louisiana: Opportunity to Nominate Young Leaders

A state legislative council is seeking nominations to honor
exceptional homeschoolers and other students. Forms can be found
online.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=13576


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6. GenJ Membership Discount Disappearing Fast

February 12 is fast approaching, which means you have less than two
weeks to take advantage of our Future of America Membership Discount!
Save $40 on our Two-Year Family Membership! Check out our website for
more information.

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7. Final Day for Contest Entries, College Admissions

February 1 is the deadline for several great student opportunities,
including:

> HSLDA's art contest:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=13578

> Patrick Henry College's short story contest:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=13579

> PHC's regular admissions and scholarship deadline:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=13580


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8. Call for Parent to Parent Submissions

Have you ever had an inspiring thought, an ingenious shortcut, or a
special memory that you wished you could share with other
homeschoolers? Well, now you can! The "Home School Court Report's"
Parent to Parent column provides opportunities for homeschooling
parents to share their thoughts by providing a topic for discussion.

Our next topic is teamwork: Cooperation, unity, and teamwork are
important traits for homeschooling families. How do you foster a team
spirit with your family? We'd love to hear your ideas! Send us your
story. Mail 150-word submissions (may be edited for space) to:

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

Or email us, including "Parent to Parent" in the subject line, at
ComDept@hslda.org. Submission deadline is February 10, 2012. Please
include your name and address.


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9. Calls Urged to Oppose CRC Resurgence

ParentalRights.org warns that proponents of the Child Rights
Convention are trying once again to resurrect it in the Senate. Family
advocates are needed to call their senators to oppose those efforts.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=13593


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10. "Home School Heartbeat": Making Your Family Media Savvy

It's hard to sort through media bias to get the truth about current
events sometimes. So how do you begin to teach your children to do it?
This week on "Home School Heartbeat," Mike Farris talks with Joseph
Farah of World Net Daily. Join them for insights on how homeschoolers
can understand--and shape--the world of news reporting.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=13581


HOMESCHOOLING IN THE NEWS
Outside news items on home education
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January 30: ABC News, Sydney, Australia
Thousands of Parents Illegally Homeschooling
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=13582

January 30: Newsweek
Why Urban, Educated Parents Are Turning to DIY Education
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=13583

January 27: Intermountain Catholic, Ogden, Utah
Homeschool Children Learn the Catholic Faith
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=13584

January 25: The Hindu, Chennai, India
Homeschooling Catching on Slowly
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=13585

January 25: Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, Tennessee
Extracurricular Activities out for Homeschooled Students
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=13586

January 25: The Houston Chronicle, Houston, Texas
Secular Homeschooling Instills Love for Learning from a Non-Religious
Perspective
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=13587

January 25: The Washington Post, Washington, D.C.
"Tim Tebow Homeschool Law" Gains Momentum in Virginia
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=13588

> Links do not imply endorsement.


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

Upcoming Live e-vents:

P.S. I Love You!--MaryAnn Gaver
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A Report from the Front: Get the Latest on Virginia's Homeschool
Bills--HSLDA Senior Counsel Scott Woodruff
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Don't Take My Kids!--HSLDA Staff Attorney Mike Donnelly
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=13591

COMING SOON--@home e-vent Creation Series

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