Originally Sent: 7/30/2013
|July 30, 2013|
Here are this week’s top stories.
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 >>
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 >>
New legislation granting Ohio homeschoolers equal access to public school activities and dual-enrollment college funding has already encountered some difficulties. Read more >>
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 >>
HSLDA helped lobby for a new law that prevents public school officials from arbitrarily denying homeschoolers access to certain activities. Read more >>
A new law supported by HSLDA and state home educators grants homeschoolers access to free or low-cost college courses. Read more >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org! Register now >>
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 >>
Legislation in Your State
If you live in Arkansas, Connecticut, Indiana, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Washington, Wisconsin, or West Virginia, click on the name of your state or the link below to learn about legislation that could affect your freedom to homeschool.
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