Originally Sent: 4/30/2013

HSLDA's WEEKLY UPDATE
April 30, 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. UN Disabilities Treaty on the Move
  2. Second Opinion? We’re Taking Your Child
  3. Sweden: Court Rejects Homeschool Family’s Desperate Appeal
  4. Changes to Homeschool Military Enlistment
  5. Hot Springs Corrects Errors in Testing Letter
  6. Sheriff’s Training Academy Opens Door to Homeschooler
  7. National Poetry Month: One Day Left!
  8. Attention PHC Incoming Freshmen!
  9. Teach Your Kids to Govern
  10. Bible Bee: Order Your Summer Family Discipleship Kit Now!
  11. Home School Heartbeat: Interview with Rick Santorum

1. UN Disabilities Treaty on the Move

We are hearing from multiple sources that the U.S. Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee is gearing up to hold hearings on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. We need to act now! Read more >>

2. Second Opinion? We’re Taking Your Child

One would think having the approval of a doctor and even clearance from the local police would be enough to protect a parent from having their baby taken away over cries of “medical neglect.” In this case, one would be wrong. Read more >>

3. Sweden: Court Rejects Homeschool Family’s Desperate Appeal

The Swedish Supreme Court has rejected the desperate appeal of a homeschooling couple whose son was seized by the state four years ago. We vow to continue the fight. Read more >>

4. Changes to Homeschool Military Enlistment

An amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act is producing good policies for homeschoolers looking to enlist in the military. Here are some things homeschoolers should know. Read more >>

5. South Dakota: Hot Springs Corrects Errors in Testing Letter

A public school district quickly corrected a form letter to homeschool parents after Home School Legal Defense Association pointed out several errors. Read more >>

6. Missouri: Sheriff’s Training Academy Opens Door to Homeschooler

When a sheriff’s training academy told a homeschool graduate that his transcripts were insufficient proof of his education, HSLDA stepped in. Read more >>

7. National Poetry Month: One Day Left!

Regardless of your personal poetry preferences (note the alliteration), poetry is an excellent avenue for the masterful expression of deep emotions, which your children have. So take advantage of April as National Poetry Month by encouraging your children to communicate creatively and with excellence! Need ideas? Visit homeschool mom and “domestically challenged writer” Angie’s blog “Poetry Activities with Children”. Or check out this resource at the HSLDA bookstore. And don’t forget: HSLDA’s annual Poetry Contest is open till June 1! For contest details >>

8. Attention PHC Incoming Freshmen!

If your family is an HSLDA member, you may be eligible for a $1,000-$2,000 scholarship for your first year at Patrick Henry College! Visit the Home School Foundation’s website to see if the PHC Scholarship is right for you, and spread the word to other incoming freshmen. To be a part of making this scholarship available, visit the HSF donation page to give a tax-deductable gift.

Apply for a scholarship >>

Donate to the scholarship fund >>

9. Teach Your Kids to Govern

At Generation Joshua’s iGovern camp, students will take on the role of a newly elected congressman and learn about our government the best way possible—by actually governing. Students form party platforms, elect officials, draft legislation, campaign for president, and more. Sign your student up today! >>

10. Bible Bee: Order Your Summer Family Discipleship Kit Now!

The “Parent Guide” is included when you register your children for the 2013 Summer Bible Bee (also known as a “family discipleship cleverly disguised as a contest”). Register now >>

11. Home School Heartbeat: Interview with Rick Santorum

This week on Home School Heartbeat, Sen. Rick Santorum and host Mike Farris discuss the senator’s new book, American Patriots, which explores how ordinary people became American patriots while encouraging us to follow their examples. Read more >>

 

   

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April 25: Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Texas Texas Senate Passes Bill to Allow Homeschool Students to Participate in UIL Sports

April 24: Daily Record, York, Pennsylvania Homeschooling Parents Find Community in York County

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