Originally Sent: 7/16/2013

HSLDA's WEEKLY UPDATE
July 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. Romeike Rehearing Denied, HSLDA Looks to Supreme Court
  2. Congress Members Stand with Romeikes
  3. Senator Explains Why We Must Reject UN Disabilities Treaty
  4. Philadelphia Wants Portfolios Before Homeschooling Begins
  5. HOPE Scholarship Eligibility Changed for Homeschoolers
  6. Home School Heartbeat: Creating High School Resumes
  7. Parents of Teens: How to Register for the SAT, ACT, or PSAT
  8. Pay Less for AP Courses with Your HSLDA Membership
  9. Student Photo Contest
  10. Christmas Card Contest Open till August 1
  11. HSF now Accepting Applications for Children of Single Parents Fund
  12. Register Now for Fall ConLaw Class with Mike Farris
  13. Preventing Road Rage

1. Romeike Rehearing Denied, HSLDA Looks to Supreme Court

The U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals denied HSLDA’s request for rehearing of the Romeike case last Friday after seemingly showing interest. HSLDA will now submit a petition for review by the Supreme Court. Read more >>

2. Congress Members Stand with Romeikes

Twenty-seven members of Congress have signed a letter asking the U.S. attorney general to grant asylum to the Romeikes, a homeschool family fleeing persecution in Germany. Read more >>

3. Senator Explains Why We Must Reject UN Disabilities Treaty

Known for his strong advocacy on behalf of people with disabilities, Sen. Orrin Hatch nevertheless opposes a UN treaty on disabilities because it cedes U.S. sovereignty to foreign bureaucrats. Read more >>

4. Pennsylvania: Philadelphia Wants Portfolios Before Homeschooling Begins

HSLDA assisted two member families in Philadelphia who had been told by the school district to submit year-end portfolios for their children, even though they were not yet being homeschooled. Read more >>

5. Tennessee: HOPE Scholarship Eligibility Changed for Homeschoolers

A new law improves the eligibility of homeschoolers applying for a HOPE Scholarship. Read more >>

6. Home School Heartbeat: Creating High School Resumes

Summer HospitalitySummer Hospitality

It’s a tough economy for everyone, and that includes high school students looking for part-time or summer jobs. This week on Home School Heartbeat, Mike Smith talks with Becky Cooke and Alan Hudson about ways that you can help your homeschooled teen succeed. Discover practical ways to build a résumé that will provide your high schooler with opportunities to promote his skills and experience! Read more >>

7. Parents of Teens: How to Register for the SAT, ACT, or PSAT

When teaching your teen at home, you may need a refresher course on the various tests commonly taken during the high school years by college-bound students. We’ve got you covered! Learn about the different tests, how to register for them, and tips for homeschool students.

8. Pay Less for AP Courses with Your HSLDA Membership

Did you know that your HSLDA membership qualifies you for significantly discounted pricing on Patrick Henry College Preparatory Academy’s AP high school courses? Members save $100 on every yearlong course and $50 on every one-semester course. Read more >>

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9. Student Photo Contest

Have you considered being a part of this year’s HSLDA photo contest? We are now accepting entries, and we would be thrilled to have your participation. Contest details and entry form >>

10. Christmas Card Contest Open till August 1

If you have photos, artwork or graphic designs pertaining to Christmas and wintertime, the Home School Foundation encourages you to submit them for its 2013 Christmas Card contest! Remember, homeschooling parents and recent homeschooled graduates are welcome to participate. Details on HSF’s website >>

11. HSF now Accepting Applications for Children of Single Parents Fund

HSLDA’s Home School Foundation is in the midst of an open enrollment period for the Children of Single Parents Fund, created to assist homeschooling single parents with the purchase of books and materials. If you or someone you know could benefit from this financial assistance, please have them apply.

Request help >>

Donate to the fund >>

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. Preventing Road Rage

An expert with one of HSLDA’s PerX Discount Program partners offers steps for avoiding a road rage situation—or getting away from it safely. Read more >>

 

   

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IN THE NEWS
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July 15: Daily Herald Chicago, Illinois Great Lakes Resident about to Get her Bachelor’s Degree at 14

July 14: The Review-Journal, Las Vegas, Nevada Homeschooling Allows Parents to Individualize Education

July 14: The News-Record, Miami, Florida High School Math Teacher Turns to Homeschooling

July 13: The Daily Journal, Franklin, Indiana Ohio Lawmaker Wants Property Tax Break for Homeschool Homeowners

July 12: Pike County News Watchman, Waverly, Ohio Homeschooling on the Rise: A Popular Alternative to Public Education

July 9: The Times-Picayune, New Orleans, Louisiana Homeschool Football Team Gaining Respect

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