Originally Sent: 6/18/2013

HSLDA's WEEKLY UPDATE
June 18, 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. Justice Department Ordered to Respond to Romeike Appeal
  2. Attend HSLDA/Becket Fund Briefing in D.C. about Romeike Family
  3. Constitutional Amendment Introduced to Protect Children and Parents
  4. U.S. House Votes for Fair Treatment of Homeschool Enlistees
  5. Bill Proposes Massive Invasion of Every Family
  6. College Drops Request for “Recognized” Homeschool Diplomas
  7. Home School Heartbeat: High School Issues for Struggling Learners
  8. Homeschooling High School: Evaluation of Credit
  9. Celebrate Special Student Achievement
  10. Summer Photo Contest!
  11. Free Christmas Card Design Contest
  12. Register Now for Fall ConLaw Class with Mike Farris
  13. Bible Bee: Keep Your Family in God’s Word

1. Justice Department Ordered to Respond to Romeike Appeal

Home School Legal Defense Association’s request for a rehearing on behalf of a persecuted German homeschooling family has taken a step forward. The Romeikes are seeking asylum in the United States. Read more >>

2. Attend HSLDA/Becket Fund Briefing in D.C. about Romeike Family

At noon on June 26, HSLDA and the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty will host a joint briefing about the Romeike family and their battle for homeschool and religious freedom at the Family Research Council’s national headquarters in Washington, D.C. We encourage you and your family to attend in person or watch live online. Learn more and register >>

3. Constitutional Amendment Introduced to Protect Children and Parents

Congressman Mark Meadows (R-NC) today introduced a resolution in the U.S. House to amend the United States Constitution to protect children and parents from governmental overreach. The proposed Parental Rights Amendment already has 40 original cosponsors. Learn more and register >>

4. U.S. House Votes for Fair Treatment of Homeschool Enlistees

Phone calls from home educators nationwide helped persuade U.S. representatives to vote for equal treatment of homeschool enlistees. Read more >>

5. Bill Proposes Massive Invasion of Every Family

According to legislation proposed by the government of Scotland (and which faces no organized opposition), a social worker will be assigned to monitor each and every child from birth. Read more >>

6. Maine: College Drops Request for “Recognized” Homeschool Diplomas

HSLDA helped persuade a college to stop asking homeschool graduates if their diplomas were “recognized” by the state. Read more >>

7. Home School Heartbeat: High School Issues for Struggling Learners

<em>Home School Heartbeat</em>: High School Issues for Struggling Learners

Are you concerned about how to adjust high school homeschooling for your struggling learner? On this week’s Home School Heartbeat, HSLDA Special Needs Consultant Faith Berens addresses practical questions about homeschooling struggling learners and special needs students through high school. Read more >>

8. Homeschooling High School: Evaluation of Credit

A common question posed to HSLDA’s high school consultants is how much credit to award for various courses. There are basically three ways to evaluate a course for credit. For more details, read all about it on HSLDA’s high school website, or call HSLDA if you are a member. Read more >>

9. Celebrate Special Student Achievement

Are you home educating a special needs child who achieved a specific goal this year? Why not commemorate his accomplishment with a customized certificate of achievement—now available from the HSLDA online store. Awarding a certificate for mastering various skills and meeting important goals can be a great way to celebrate each unique child of God! Check out these beautiful certificates today! Read more >>

10. Summer Photo Contest!

Beyond academics, it is important to train our children in every area of life. HSLDA’s Photography Contest offers you the opportunity to bond with your child while helping him or her hone the useful skill of capturing the big and small moments of life. Winners will receive cash prizes. Don’t consider yourself much of a photographer? No worries: check out our resources page for great information and ideas for beginners and serious photographers alike! For contest guidelines and entry form >>

11. Free Christmas Card Design Contest

HSLDA’s charitable arm, the Home School Foundation, announces its yearly Christmas card contest, open to adults as well as students. Design a Christmas card, and you could win a box of your cards along with other prizes as your card spreads joy to widows and single parents who receive HSF grants in 2013. Read more >>

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12. Register Now for Fall ConLaw Class with Mike Farris

Don’t miss your opportunity to participate in this incredible online learning experience! Whether you are a high school student looking to beef up your transcript, or an adult simply wanting to become a more informed citizen, this course is for you. Space is limited. Direct questions to Logan Spena at conlaw@hslda.org! Register now >>

13. Bible Bee: Keep Your Family in God’s Word

Register now to get your 10-week family discipleship materials next week! Read more >>

 

   

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IN THE NEWS
Outside news items on home education

June 15: WorldNetDaily.com Court Behavior in Homeschool Fight “Unconscionable”

June 14: The Barbados Advocate, Fontabelle, Barbados Increase in Homeschooling

June 13: The Christian Post Homeschooling and Charter Schools Growing, Give Families Options

June 13: The New American Homeschooling Continues to Grow in Popularity Nationwide

June 12: WTVM-TV Channel 9, Columbus, Georgia Local Mom Weighs in on the Benefits of Homeschooling

June 12: OhioWatchdog.org Ohio Considers Property Tax Credit for Homeschooling

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