Originally Sent: 7/30/2013

HSLDA's WEEKLY UPDATE
July 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. Washington Post Gets it Wrong on Freedom, Homeschooling
  2. Record Number of Legislative Bills Tracked
  3. Activities, College Funding Law Hits Snag
  4. Common Core: How It Affects Homeschoolers
  5. Better Access to Public School Activities Passes
  6. New College Class Access Law Takes Effect
  7. Home School Heartbeat: Cultivating Creativity as a Mom
  8. How to Visit Your Congressman
  9. Calling all Grandparents: Stories Wanted
  10. PHC Prep Academy Students Score High
  11. Retreat Focuses on Adoption
  12. Last Chance to enter Photo, Christmas Card Contests!
  13. Register Now for Fall ConLaw Class with Mike Farris
  14. New Survey of Homeschool Grads

1. Washington Post Gets it Wrong on Freedom, Homeschooling

A Washington Post article questioning whether Virginia’s religious exemption statute should continue to allow parents to homeschool free of regulation missed the forest for the trees: public schools tend to crush a child’s natural desire to learn while homeschooling tends to protect it. Read more >>

2. Mississippi: Record Number of Legislative Bills Tracked

During the 2013 session of the Mississippi Legislature, Home School Legal Defense Association tracked a record 59 bills that either directly or indirectly affected home educators. Most potentially harmful bills were defeated. Read more >>

3. Ohio: Activities, College Funding Law Hits Snag

New legislation granting Ohio homeschoolers equal access to public school activities and dual-enrollment college funding has already encountered some difficulties. Read more >>

4. Common Core: How It Affects Homeschoolers

What is the Common Core? Where did it come from? Who are the major players? How can I make a difference? Find everything you need to know about the Common Core on HSLDA’s new microsite. Read more >>

5. Maine: Better Access to Public School Activities Passes

HSLDA helped lobby for a new law that prevents public school officials from arbitrarily denying homeschoolers access to certain activities. Read more >>

6. Maine: New College Class Access Law Takes Effect

A new law supported by HSLDA and state home educators grants homeschoolers access to free or low-cost college courses. Read more >>

7. Home School Heartbeat: Cultivating Creativity as a Mom

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Everyone needs a creative, expressive outlet—even you, Mom! This week on Home School Heartbeat, two homeschool moms tell Mike Smith how they have made their homeschool routine lively and vibrant by pursuing their individual interests. Read more >>

8. How to Visit Your Congressman

Here is a step-by-step guide to visiting your lawmakers while they’re home on recess in August. Whether you visit to promote the Parental Rights Amendment, oppose UN treaties, or support homeschooling in general, this how-to guide provides tips to help you succeed. Read more  >>

9. Calling all Grandparents: Stories Wanted

Are you a grandparent of homeschooled children? We want to hear your story! As part of HSLDA’s 30th anniversary celebration, we will be featuring the stories of several grandparents of homeschoolers in an upcoming issue of The Home School Court Report. You can participate through HSLDA’s Facebook page! Visit HSLDA’s Facebook Page  >>

10. PHC Prep Academy Students Score High

PHC Prep Academy offers high-level instruction designed to prepare students for college and help them earn high scores on AP subject exams. In May 2013, the percentage of students in each PHC Prep course who earned a “5” (the top AP exam score) exceeded the percentage of students around the world who earned a “5” in the same subjects the previous year. Don’t miss the chance to participate in AP courses and exams during the coming school year. Registration for fall and yearlong classes ends August 16. Read the full report and learn more  >>

11. Retreat Focuses on Adoption

Are you an adoptive mom? Are you considering adoption? The Joy for the Journey Retreat is a ministry with a passion to help adoptive families. Sessions include “Homeschooling the Adopted Child.” Learn more and register >>

12. Last Chance to enter Photo, Christmas Card Contests!

Photographers and artists have until August 1 to submit entries to HSLDA’s student photo contest and the Home School Foundation’s Christmas card contest.

Photo contest details >>

Christmas card contest details >>

13. 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 Andrew Ferguson at conlaw@hslda.org! Register now >>

14. New Survey of Homeschool Grads

Our friend Dr. Brian D. Ray of the National Home Education Research Institute has been commissioned to survey homeschool graduates about how homeschooling influenced the spiritual beliefs they now hold. HSLDA did not commission this study. Homeschool graduates who fit the survey demographic (ages 18-38 who grew up in religious homes) can help provide a fuller picture of the effects homeschooling may have on individuals’ spiritual development by taking the survey. View the survey >>

 

   

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IN THE NEWS
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July 28: Chillicothe Gazette, Chillicothe, Ohio Homeschool Kids to See Expanded Opportunities

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