Originally Sent: 4/9/2013

HSLDA's WEEKLY UPDATE
April 9, 2013  
   
     Mike Farris
Michael Farris, HSLDA Founder and Chairman and homeschooling father of 10
   

Here are this week’s top stories.
Michael P. Farris

  1. Whose Children are They?
  2. The Romeike Story
  3. National Databases Collecting Student-Specific Data
  4. Rhyme It to Win It!
  5. PHC Scholarships for Freshmen
  6. Curriculum Relief Fund Open
  7. Special Needs Support Coming to D.C. Area
  8. “Mom Mastery” Offers Free Family Insight
  9. Home School Heartbeat: The Romeike Case
  10. Bible Bee Registration Now Open!

1. Whose Children are They?

In an MSNBC promo, Melissa Harris-Perry promotes the radical and controversial idea that “we have to break through our kind of private idea that kids belong to their parents.” Sadly, this isn’t a new idea. Read more >>

2. The Romeike Story

German homeschoolers Uwe and Hannalore Romeike faced fines, threats of imprisonment, and possible loss of custody of their children—simply for homeschooling. Although they left everything, fled to the United States, and were granted asylum, the U.S. has revoked their legal status and is seeking to send them back to Germany. Could their case impact U.S. homeschool freedom? Watch their story >>

3. National Databases Collecting Student-Specific Data

Recent efforts to make states share their student information with the federal government could have dire consequences for individual privacy. HSLDA has learned that at least one state’s database includes information on homeschoolers. Read more >>

4. Rhyme It to Win It!

That’s right: HSLDA’s 9th annual Poetry Contest is underway! Students ages 7-19 can win generous cash prizes while exercising their creativity in an exciting experience. The category prompts have been intentionally chosen to leave your children the most room for fun and ingenuity! Spread the word to any imaginative students and follow the link for complete information. Read more >>

5. 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. Read more >>

6. Curriculum Relief Fund Open

The Home School Foundation, 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 >>

Donate to HSF >>

7. Special Needs Support Coming to D.C. Area

There are only a few days left to register for the 13th annual Accessibility Summit held in the Washington, D.C. area April 19-20, 2013. This conference is designed for families and caregivers, faith-based organizations, service providers, teachers, and other professionals connected to the special needs community. This year at the summit the HSLDA special needs department will present a workshop. Read more >>

8. “Mom Mastery” Offers Free Family Insight

Hear HSLDA’s founder and many other top speakers offer insight on faith and family as part of the free online Mom Mastery Summit April 12-15. Seven workshops will be presented each day. Log on 10 p.m. April 13 to find out why Mike Farris decided to “Dump Dating.” Learn more and register >>

9. Home School Heartbeat: The Romeike Case

The German homeschooling Romeike family sought asylum in the United States so they could keep homeschooling. Now the U.S. government is threatening to send them back to Germany, where they will be forced to stop homeschooling. Mike Farris explains how you can help, on this week’s Home School Heartbeat. Read more >>

10. Bible Bee Registration Now Open!

Two Bible memory passages a week and 20 minutes of Bible study per day this summer could lead your child to a share of $260,000 in prizes! See how >>

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Who’s Knocking on Your Door?

When a social services worker arrives at your door, tension can run high. Wouldn’t it be nice to get your lawyer on the phone, providing you with immediate step-by-step guidance?

More reasons to join HSLDA >>

 

   

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IN THE NEWS
Outside news items on home education

April 8: The Washington Times, Washington, D.C.
U.S. Connives with Germany to Punish Homeschoolers

April 8: TownHall.com
The Romeike Case: Swallowing Camels, Straining at Gnats

April 8: The Daily Caller
Ron Paul Launches His Own Homeschool Curriculum

April 7: The Christian Post
Over 73,000 Signers Support German Homeschooling Parents in Danger of Deportation

April 4: Technician Online
A Legal Battle for Freedom of Homeschooling

April 4: Canada Free Press
Focus on the Family Executive: Homeschool Asylum Case “Critical”

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