Originally Sent: 4/16/2013

HSLDA's WEEKLY UPDATE
April 16, 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. Obama Wants 4-year-olds Prepared for Global Economy
  2. Desperate Family Requests Letters to Supreme Court
  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

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

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 >>

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 >>

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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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

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. Learn more >>

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 >>

9. 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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

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.

Read more >>

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 >>

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. Need some ideas on how to make your teen’s accomplishment special? Enjoy the 2012 Court Report article, “Graduation: It’s Worth Celebrating,”

Read the article >>

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IN THE NEWS
Outside news items on home education

April 12: Fox News
German Homeschooling Family Fights to Stay in U.S.

April 12: Ayer News, Ayer, Massachusetts
Ayer Mother Creates a Homeschool Community

April 11: The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Virginia
Parents Running Secular Homeschool Co-op in Norfolk

April 10: The Christian Post
Petition in Support of German Homeschooling Family Passes 100,000 Mark

April 10: The Christian Post
The Sound of Tyranny for German Homeschool Family

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