Originally Sent: 11/12/2013

HSLDA's WEEKLY UPDATE
November 12, 2013
   
    
Michael Farris, HSLDA Founder and Chairman and homeschooling father of 10
   

The dangerous UN disabilities treaty is back. We need to defeat it.
Michael P. Farris

  1. House Members Oppose UN Treaty
  2. Day of Prayer and Fasting for the Romeikes
  3. Common Core Testing Affects Homeschoolers
  4. School District Backs down from Unlawful Policy
  5. Home School Heartbeat: College by 12
  6. PHC Prep: Sign up a Friend, Earn $30
  7. Essay Contest Offers Free Writing Resource
  8. Celebrate with Generation Joshua
  9. Special Needs Conference Approaching Fast
  10. Bible Bee: Don’t Take the Summer Off
  11. HSLDA PerX: Fall Fix-Ups

1. House Members Oppose UN Treaty

Sixty U.S. representatives have urged the Senate not to ratify a dangerous United Nations disabilities treaty. Your calls to Congress are also needed to help send a strong message about protecting U.S. sovereignty. Read more >>

2. Day of Prayer and Fasting for the Romeikes

Michael Farris of HSLDA is asking people to join him for a day of prayer and fasting for the Romeike family on Sunday, November 17. Read more >>

3. Tennessee: Common Core Testing Affects Homeschoolers

Public school administrators will expect some homeschool students to take state tests based on the Common Core standards this year. Home School Legal Defense Association is prepared to help our members facing this situation. Read more >>

Setting our priorities.

4. North Dakota: School District Backs down from Unlawful Policy

After first denying a homeschool family’s right to enroll their son in academic courses in public school, Grand Forks Public Schools did a complete turnaround after HSLDA intervened. Read more >>

5. Home School Heartbeat: College by 12

Send your kids to college by age 12.

Having your kids start college by age 12 may seem like an impossible goal, and yet, one family did it! Join Mike Smith and his guests, Kip and Mona Lisa Harding, as they share their methods on this week’s Home School Heartbeat. Read more >>

6. PHC Prep: Sign up a Friend, Earn $30

Would you like to earn money or maybe even free tuition for a PHC Prep Academy course? What if your friends could get a $30 course discount, too? With PHC Prep Academy’s new Earn & Learn program, you can do both! Become a representative today and start earning. Learn all the program details here >>

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7. Essay Contest Offers Free Writing Resource

Until December 1, explore the theme of “Traditions” with your kids in HSLDA’s annual essay contest. And as a bonus for all participating families, the HSLDA Store is offering a free writing resource entitled Writing: The Bridge between Us.

Contest guidelines >>

Limited-time special offer >>

8. Celebrate with Generation Joshua

Generation Joshua’s Third Annual Future of American Banquet will be held November 21 in Alexandria, Virginia. In 2012 alone, Generation Joshua hosted 300 students at summer camps, taught 400 students at conference seminars, and deployed 1,600 students who helped make over 1.5 million voter contacts. To continue this mighty work, Generation Joshua needs your help. Join GenJ for this exciting event to celebrate the work God has done in the past year and to support the mission of Generation Joshua in the years to come. Learn more and RSVP >>

9. Special Needs Conference Approaching Fast

Register now!

Are you homeschooling a child with learning struggles or with moderate to severe special needs? Would you love a place where you get encouragement, inspiration, and practical tools to assist you in your unique homeschooling journey? Please join HSLDA President Mike Smith, attorney T.J. Schmidt, and two of HSLDA’s special needs consultants, Faith Berens and Krisa Winn, at the FPEA Special Needs-Struggling Learner Homeschool Conference November 22-23, 2013 in sunny Orlando, Florida. Learn more and register >>

10. Bible Bee: Don’t Take the Summer Off

Help families get in God’s word and stay in the word all summer long by becoming a 2014 Bible Bee host! Resources are provided for great family discipleship. Find out all the details >>

11. HSLDA PerX: Fall Fix-Ups

It’s time for fall maintenance on your home. Tackle any trouble spots outside before winter arrives. Start with outside jobs before it gets too cold and rainy. And some tasks, such as electrical or plumbing problems, are best left to the pros. Read more >>

   

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IN THE NEWS
Outside news items on home education

November 11: Canada Free Press Germany Gets an Assist from Obama, Cracks down on Homeschooling

November 9: WND.com Homeschool Family Separated for Years Fights Back

November 7: KCEN-TV, Waco, Texas More Military Families are Homeschooling

November 7: The New American Officials Refuse to Let Persecuted Homeschool Family Leave Germany

November 7: Journal-Star, Lincoln, Nebraska State Ed Department to Rethink Changes to Homeschool Rules

November 6: BBC News German Homeschool Families Face U.S. Deportation

November 5: Deseret News, Salt Lake City, Utah Homeschool Students Do Well First Time in College

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