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4/16/2013 6:19:08 PM
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HSLDA's Weekly Update--Obama Wants 4-year-olds Prepared for Global Economy

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HSLDA Weekly--Obama Wants 4-year-olds Prepared for Global Economy


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Legislative Update

If you live in Arkansas, Connecticut, Indiana, Missouri, Nevada, New
Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas,
Washington, or West Virginia, click on the link below to learn about
legislation that could affect your freedom to homeschool.

http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=18148


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Here are this week's top stories:

1. Desperate Family Requests Letters to Supreme Court
2. Obama wants 4-year-olds prepared for global economy
3. Romeike is #1 live petition on whitehouse.gov: 3 days left
4. HSLDA's Will Estrada counters Melissa Harris-Perry on The Daily
Caller
5. How the National Student Database Came To Be
6. Legislature Frees Some Homeschoolers from State Testing
7. Playing Field Leveled For Scholarship Program
8. HSLDA Files Amicus Brief in Homeschool Scholarship Case
9. Curriculum Relief Fund Open
10. Can You Recommend a Special Needs Professional?
11. Your Student's Poem Could Take the Prize!
12. PHC Scholarships for Freshmen
13. "Home School Heartbeat": Working from Home

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1. Obama proposes universal preschool for 4-year-olds

Blurb: President Obama announced last Wednesday a proposal to create
universal preschool for low-income families. His plan, Preschool for
All, is aimed at 4-year-olds to help them be "better prepared for the
demands of the global economy." HSLDA founder Michael Farris voiced
his opposition . . .

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=18116
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2. Desperate Family Requests Letters to Supreme Court

Your letters, emails and faxes to the Swedish high court may be Annie
and Christer Johansson's last hope for having their son returned to
them.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=18117

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3. Romeike is #1 live petition on whitehouse.gov: 3 days left

At nearly 115,000 signatures, the Romeike petition is now the top
ranked "live" petition on whitehouse.gov! (Only three days left for
live status.) In addition, Obama's press secretary was asked about the
Romeike petition during a recent press briefing.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=18118

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4. HSLDA's Will Estrada counters Melissa Harris-Perry on The Daily
Caller
In an interview with The Daily Caller's Ginni Thomas, HSLDA Director
of Federal Relations Will Estrada strongly refuted MSNBC host Melissa
Harris-Perry's recent assertion that children belong to the community,
not the family. "Nothing could be further from the truth," Estrada
said.
Watch the video:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=18149

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5. How the National Student Database Came To Be
Just how does a country founded on principles of freedom come to have
a national student database? This article traces the steps that
brought it about, and highlights the pressing need for parental rights
as a safeguard for every child's privacy.
Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=18119

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6. North Dakota: Legislature Frees Some Homeschoolers from State
Testing

A new law in North Dakota provides an exemption from state testing for
some homeschool families, effective August 1.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=18120

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7. Arkansas: Playing Field Leveled For Scholarship Program

Governor Beebe has signed into law a measure intended to eliminate
discrimination against homeschool graduates trying to qualify for a
college scholarship under the Governor's Scholars Program.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=18121

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8. New Hampshire: HSLDA Files Amicus Brief in Homeschool Scholarship
Case

HSLDA filed an amicus brief contending that New Hampshire's tax credit
scholarship program is constitutional.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=18122

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9. Curriculum Relief Fund Open

The Home School Foundation, http://www.homeschoolfoundation.org/
HSLDA's charitable arm, is having an open enrollment for its
Curriculum Relief Fund through April! This fund helps provide
curriculum to HSLDA member families who are struggling financially to
meet their children's needs.

Learn more: http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=18123

Donate to HSF: http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=18125

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10. Can You Recommend a Special Needs Professional?

HSLDA believes that homeschooling is an excellent choice for children
with special needs. We also recognize that it sometimes becomes
necessary for families of children with special needs to secure
outside help to assist with curriculum selection, testing, tutoring or
various therapies. If you know a specialist who would fit this need,
please recommend them for our private consultant database.

Read more about it:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=18126

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11. Your Student's Poem Could Bring a Prize Home!

As the school year wraps up, take a short break from academic rigor
and just have fun working with your children on a poem for HSLDA's
Poetry Contest!

If you like to rhyme, well, we have just the thing:
Our Poetry Contest is now in full swing!
Please don't be bashful--we love a good poet
Cash prizes will go to those who best show it!
We have a few rules, so be sure to heed them.
If details you seek, here you may read them:

Read more about it:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=18127

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12. PHC Scholarships for Freshmen

Modest scholarships are now available to incoming freshman at Patrick
Henry College for the 2013-2014 school year through the Home School
Foundation. Applications will be accepted through May 31.

For details:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=18128

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13. "Home School Heartbeat": Working from Home

If you're considering a career as a work-at-home parent, the best
place to start is by asking the right questions.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=18129

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14. Graduation celebration ideas

The BIG day is just around the corner - high school graduation that
is. It's not too late to order the diploma and other graduation
supplies from HSLDA's bookstore
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=18151 . Need some ideas on how to
make your teen's accomplishment special? Enjoy the 2012 Court Report
article, "Graduation: It's Worth Celebrating," Read it here:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=18152
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HOMESCHOOLING IN THE NEWS
Outside news items on home education
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April 12: Fox News
German Homeschooling Family Fights to Stay in U.S.
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=18130

April 12: Ayer News, Ayer, Massachusetts
Ayer Mother Creates a Homeschool Community
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=18131

April 11: The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Virginia
Parents Running Secular Homeschool Co-op in Norfolk
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=18132

April 10: The Christian Post
Petition in Support of German Homeschooling Family Passes 100,000 Mark
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=18133

April 10: The Christian Post
The Sound of Tyranny for German Homeschool Family
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=18134

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