Originally Sent: 11/19/2013

HSLDA's WEEKLY UPDATE
November 19, 2013
   
    
Michael Farris, HSLDA Founder and Chairman and homeschooling father of 10
   

HSLDA will go to court to protect homeschool freedom. Read on.
Michael P. Farris

  1. UK: Mother Loses Right to Homeschool Disabled Son
  2. Court Delay Threatens Family’s Right to Homeschool
  3. Cosmetology School Opens Door to Grad
  4. Home School Heartbeat: A Time for Thanksgiving
  5. Homeschooling High School: Military Service
  6. Essay Contest—Two Weeks Left!
  7. Bible Bee: Watch the Winners Live
  8. 2014 Real Refreshment Retreats

1. UK: Mother Loses Right to Homeschool Disabled Son

Legal authorities in England applied the “best interests of the child standard,” the same standard advanced by the UN Disabilities Treaty, to break apart a family and prevent the mother from homeschooling her disabled son. The sad incident illustrates the dangers of the treaty—now being considered in the U.S. Senate. Read more >>

Summer 2013 Court Report

2. On the Case: Court Delay Threatens Family’s Right to Homeschool

Truancy charges against a homeschooling family were complicated by the delay of a written order by a Family Court judge. Home School Legal Defense Association helped get the charges dismissed. Read more >>

3. Maine: Cosmetology School Opens Door to Homeschool Grad

A cosmetology school agreed to stop discriminating against a homeschool graduate after HSLDA intervened. Read more >>

4. Home School Heartbeat: A Time for Thanksgiving

A Time for Thanksgiving

Whether your kids are 5 or 15, you can have fun learning more about the history of Thanksgiving with them. On this week’s Home School Heartbeat, Mike Smith shares ways to make the Pilgrim story come alive for your kids, and ways to rediscover what Thanksgiving is really all about. Read more >>

5. Homeschooling High School: Military Service

Is your teen interested in enlisting in the military or attending a military service academy after high school graduation? HSLDA provides helpful information regarding the military’s homeschool policy and tips for enlistment.

Details and links >>

Recent policy changes >>

Investing Your Love

6. Essay Contest—Two Weeks Left!

Postmark deadline for our annual student essay contest is December 1, so consider how to incorporate this fun writing assignment into your upcoming school week. Don’t forget to request your complimentary writing resource from the HSLDA Store.

Contest guidelines >>

Request free writing resource >>

Mark your calendars! Cyber Monday sale is coming Dec 2!

7. Bible Bee: Watch the Winners Live

Watch the National Bible Bee competition live online as kids from across the country share their Bible knowledge and scripture recitation! Semi-finals are on Friday, November 22 and finals are on Saturday, November 23. Read more >>

7. 2014 Real Refreshment Retreats

Homeschool moms are encouraged to mark their calendars for Apologia’s 2014 “Real Refreshment” retreats. The events feature veteran homeschoolers such as Elizabeth Smith and Zan Tyler offering insight and renewed inspiration. Retreats are scheduled for February 21-22 in Atlanta and March 7-8 in Baltimore. Learn more and register >>

Register now!
   

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Legislation in Your State

If you live in Arkansas, Connecticut, Indiana, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, 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.

State Legislation

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IN THE NEWS
Outside news items on home education

November 18: The Telegraph, London, United Kingdom Mother Loses Fight to Homeschool Disabled Son

November 17: Cincinnati Enquirer, Cincinnati, Ohio Homeschoolers Now Suiting up, but Some Have Concerns

November 15: Southeast Missourian, Cape Girardeau, Missouri Homeschooling Gains in Popularity in Cape Region

November 14: ChristianNews.net Day of Prayer, Fasting Set for Christian Homeschooling Family Fighting Deportation

November 13: World Communities Step up Support of Homeschooling

November 13: The Daily Caller Germany is at it again, this Time with Homeschoolers

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