Originally Sent: 8/6/2013

HSLDA's WEEKLY UPDATE
August 6, 2013
   
     Mike Farris
Michael Farris, HSLDA Founder and Chairman and homeschooling father of 10
   

If you care at all about the future of homeschooling, you’ll want to look closely at today’s Weekly Update.
Michael P. Farris

  1. Contact Your Senators on Recess about UN Disabilities Treaty
  2. Should Homeschooling be Banned?
  3. Testing for Homeschool Student Nixed
  4. Disabilities Tax Credit Repealed, Scholarship Created
  5. Home School Heartbeat: The Next 10 Years of HSLDA
  6. Common Core State Standards are Coming: Do You Understand Them?
  7. Protect Your Children from Abuse
  8. Only 10 days Left to Sign up for an AP Course!
  9. Testimony: First Library Trip a “Special Blessing”
  10. Family Research Council Lecture on College: Is it Worth it?
  11. Share Your Lawyer Jokes! New Contest!
  12. Calling all Grandparents: Stories Wanted
  13. Register Now for Fall ConLaw Class with Mike Farris

1. Contact Your Senators on Recess about UN Disabilities Treaty

With the U.S. Senate on recess, now is the time to contact your senators in their home offices about the dangers of the UN disabilities treaty. Read more >>

2. Should Homeschooling be Banned?

Several scholars have argued that, to achieve a diverse and tolerant society, homeschooling and private education should be abolished or severely limited. Read Mike Farris’s response in the Peabody Journal of Education. (Free but requires email address.) Read more >>

3. Utah: Testing for Homeschool Student Nixed

A social worker’s insistence that a homeschool child receive academic testing could have set a dangerous precedent. Home School Legal Defense Association helped get the case dismissed. Read more >>

4. North Carolina: Disabilities Tax Credit Repealed, Scholarship Created

A new state law repeals the tax credit for children with disabilities and instead creates scholarship grants to fund services for these children—including homeschoolers. Read more >>

5. Home School Heartbeat: The Next 10 Years of HSLDA

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Over the past 30 years, HSLDA has played a key part in helping the homeschool movement grow and thrive. But what’s next? On this week’s Home School Heartbeat, HSLDA founders Mike Smith and Mike Farris discuss the challenges facing homeschooling and share their vision for the next 10 years. Read more >>

6. Common Core State Standards are Coming: Do You Understand Them?

Some educators say Common Core State Standards will bring great improvement to America’s schools. Others predict a de facto national curriculum and national testing. HSLDA has brought all the research together in one place for you. Explore our new Common Core microsite >>

7. Protect Your Children from Abuse

Part two of HSLDA’s article series on child abuse presents six principles to help you guard and empower your children against sexual abuse. Read more >>

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8. Only 10 Days Left to Sign up for an AP Course!

Did you know that HSLDA members receive $50 off each semester-long course and $100 off each yearlong course they take with PHC Prep Academy? This discount applies no matter how many courses your student takes. Sign up today—there are only 10 days left to register, and spots fill quickly! See our list of courses >>

9. Testimony: First Library Trip a “Special Blessing”

A mom thanks Home School Foundation donors for helping her son to finally read “the small print.” Read more >>

10. Family Research Council Lecture on College: Is it Worth it?

In this time of economic difficulty and the rising cost of higher education, many families and high school students are wondering, “is college actually worth it?” Family Research Council is hosting a lecture on this exact topic. It will be held at their Washington, D.C. headquarters and streamed online noon Wednesday, August 14. Read more >>

11. Share Your Lawyer Jokes! New Contest!

Most of the things our legal department deals with are no laughing matter. But it is good to laugh—so send us your best lawyer joke and you could win a $100 Visa gift card or both Drive Through History DVDs, your choice. Two winners will be announced on August 30. Read more >>

12. 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 >>

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 >>

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IN THE NEWS
Outside news items on home education

August 3: ChristianNews.net “Education, Not Indoctrination”: Atheists Protest Texas Homeschool Convention as Promised

August 3: Courier-Press, Evansville, Indiana Homeschooling Prepares Teenager for College

August 1: Wilma, Wilmington, North Carolina Homeschool, Community Play

July 30: The News-Messenger, Fremont, Ohio Districts Prepare for New Homeschool Participation Law

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